A TEAM move against opposition challenging for the league title has been awarded Musselburgh RFC’s try of the season.

Freddie Roddick was on hand to finish off the move against Currie Chieftains in the final game of the season at Stoneyhill.

The 21-year-old was awarded try of the season after being involved with and then getting on the end of the five-man move up field.

The match, on March 7, would ultimately finish 28-24 in the visitors’ favour but it was a result which looked set to secure Musselburgh’s position in the league, until the season was declared null and void.

Roddick, in his debut season with the club, was happy to pick up the accolade.

He said: “I remember picking up the ball and thinking it was a belter of a try and that I better finish it off.

“It was definitely one for the archives. It was obviously a lovely thing to win the award.”

Roddick caught the attention of the club’s head coach, Graeme Paterson, during a pre-season match between an East Lothian XV and Co-optimists.

The Heriot-Watt University student had played for his hometown club of High Wycombe and trained with Maidenhead before moving to Edinburgh for university.

Since then, he has become an important part of the Musselburgh side, which managed to preserve their Premiership status.

The stand-off said: “I think we started a bit slow but the second half of the season we picked up and I feel like we were a bit more settled.

“I think it was towards November or December time when we were playing Hawick down there, which is obviously a hard place to go and is a famous place to go. In the second half, we were losing quite badly and came back to pick up a bonus point. We started to believe in ourselves more after that. Next year, we can hopefully progress with that.”

Roddick, who is studying business and marketing, believes the team can now build on their second half showings and push for a top half placing when the new season gets under way.

Paterson congratulated Roddick on the accolade.

He said: “I think one of the things which makes it a good try is that it is not just a totally individual try.

“There are aspects of all the team involved from a set piece start and the line break to then finishing it off.”