Rugby Union: The best from wily Wyllie

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Stewart's Melville FP. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17

Musselburgh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

FINLAY CALDER, the former Lions captain, acknowledged after helping Stewart's Melville back into the Scottish First Division that the way promotion was clinched might actually have aggravated the Calcutta Cup hangover still felt north of the border.

For the player who roused Stewart's Melville after they had fallen behind to their promotion rivals, who miss out altogether after being overtaken by West of Scotland, was undoubtedly the 28-year-old stand-off Dougie Wyllie.

Calder said: 'The tactical appreciation shown by Dougie and the brilliant way he sidestepped through Musselburgh's defence for the decisive try does make me wonder how things might have worked out at Twickenham had he been on hand as a replacement.'

Wyllie's latest performance against a Musselburgh team who contributed two magnificent tries easily justified his inclusion in the Scotland A side to face France in Aberdeen next week.

Stewart's Melville: Tries Stirling, Wyllie; Conversions Thomson 2; Penalty Thomson. Musselburgh: Tries Weatherhead, Ramsey; Conversions Livingstone 2.

Stewart's Melville FP: M Thomson; J MacKenzie, K Milligan, J Scott, G Stirling; D Wyllie (capt), G Burns; R McNulty, A Cadzow, G Rigby (A Kittle, 57), B Gordon, I Burnside, K Dobson, N Penny, F Calder.

Musselburgh: B Stewart; C Ramsey, W Weatherhead, D Laird, S Campbell; C Livingstone, F McMillan; I Ross, A Robertson, M McLuskie, A MacCall (capt), J Muir, M Horsburgh, C Pow, A McLeod.

Referee: E Murray (Greenock).