MUSSELBURGH RFC head coach Graeme Paterson praised his side’s “really good performance” as they thrashed Biggar

Burgh ran in seven tries and scored a half century of points in Paterson and fellow coach Grant Fraser’s first game in charge.

And Paterson (pictured right) told Courier Sport: “The work began up front where I thought our pack really dominated, giving us a solid platform to launch our attack from.

“That resulted in a good amount of front foot ball for the back line to display some well-executed plays. We still need to do some work to tighten some areas of defence, which will be key during the season.”

The new Burgh boss singled out three new players and a returning face for their displays.

The 48-year-old added: “There was some good individual performances, including the young backs – Kyle McGhie at scrum half and Martin Cimprich on the wing.

“James Ferguson played at full-back and had a solid game in defence and was a real threat in attack, hitting the line well with pace and causing Biggar a lot of problems.

“Michael Maltman returned to the team having spent the last few years at Heriot’s and was a key member of a dominant pack with a real presence when carrying in attack and in his defensive duties.

“But it really was a team performance that was so pleasing for all of us to see. “

The Burgh coach was keen to see his side re-focus their attentions as they look towards their opening game of the Tennent’s National League Division 1 season at Kelso tomorrow (Saturday).

Paterson added: “We can’t think that’s the work done now as Kelso will be a different challenge.

“We must prepare assuming they will be a much sterner test than Biggar, with no disrespect to them.

“It was great to see the guys enjoying the style of rugby we played and getting a win in the National League Cup; however, we now turn to the core business of the season which is our league campaign and aiming to get off to a good start to the season in our quest to aim for a top-half finish.”