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Ayr 36 - 7 Jed: Home side plough through to last four

Ayr claimed their expected semi-final place in the BT Scottish Cup with this convincing five tries to one win over their National League opponents.

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Interview: Finn Russell on Pick ’n’ Mix and Miss Scotland

So, here I am at the Scotland rugby squad camp, laughing at Vern Cotter. Well, not actually at him because you don’t do that sort of thing, but the spoof Twitter account for the head coach, called Stern Vern Cotter, throws up some gems, such as: “Just Greeg and I watching #Eng-Wal game in team hotel. Others are playing Call of Duty. Finn’s out on the lawn waving at aeroplanes.”

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Marcus Di Rollo's spell is over. Picture: Graham Stuart/SNS

Ayr 48 - 12 Watsonians: Sad goodbye for Marcus Di Rollo

Ayr more than made amends for their shock loss at Myreside earlier this season, with this eight-tries-to-two thrashing of Watsonians. The defeat was a sorry end to Marcus Di Rollo’s and Simon Taylor’s tenure as Watsonians coaches, as their side were second best throughout.

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David Reekie of Muir and Hawick's Bruce McNeil. Picture:


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Hawick 16 - 6 Gala: It’s curtains for the Maroons

This was the match that two of the oldest rivals in Scottish rugby had been dreading, the match to decide Premiership relegation and at the end of a dour struggle in unappetising muddy conditions it was Gala who got the thumbs down from fate.

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Logan Trotter caught a ball in mid dive to score. Picture: John Devlin

Stirling County 14 - 29 Ayr: League leaders leave it late

Stirling let slip a golden chance to turn over league leaders Ayr as they forced their way ahead midway through the second half only to succumb to a late rush of tries. It was a belated restart to the season for the home side with last week’s game against high-flying Melrose postponed because of a frozen pitch while Ayr were hammering Boroughmuir to put them at the top of the table and confirm their place in the play-offs

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Ayr's Will Bordill crossed for Ayrs first try

Ayr 42 - 19 Boroughmuir: Early surge pays off

When Ayr rushed into a 21-0 lead after 15 minutes, it seemed as if the home side were going to extract an awful revenge for their shock loss at Meggetland earlier this season. But Muir woke up and matched their hosts all the way for the remainder of the game, before finally losing out as the Millbrae side joined Melrose on 59 points at the top of the table.

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High hopes: Melrose and Ayr players contest a lineout at the Greenyards.  Photograph: Graham Stuart/SNS

Melrose 27 - 10 Ayr: Ayr suffer a Melrose mauling

Melrose maintained their recent momentum by winning the clash of the big guns at the Greenyards with a performance that owed as much to their mauling technique as to their exemplary discipline.

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Darcy Graham's quality shone

Ayr 44 v 41 Hawick: Greens suffer bad Ayr day

Ayr left it late before condemning a brave Hawick XV to the cruellest of defeats.

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Frazier Climo had his kicking boots on for Ayr.  Picture: Robert Perry

Gala 28 - 38 Ayr: Visitors beat the fog

Ayr maintained their Premiership challenge with a win at Netherdale, overcoming a stuffy Gala side and dense fog to collect the try bonus before the interval and notch six tries.

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Ayr's Frazier Climo was on form with the boot. Picture: SNS

Ayr 30 - 14 Heriot’s: Millbrae men get their revenge

This was payback for Ayr; the manner in which they were beaten by Heriot’s in last season’s Premiership play-off final has rankled ever since. And the Millbrae men certainly showed the right stuff to have their revenge.

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Grant Anderson helped put Ayr in control. Picture: Neil Hanna

Currie 32 - 41 Ayr: Vital victory keeps title hopes alive

Ayr withstood a second half comeback from Currie to maintain their challenge for the Premiership title.

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Watsonains players celebrate after Ali Harris kicked the winning conversion7.   Picture Ian Rutherford

Watsonians 29 - 27 Ayr: Late conversion secures surprise

League leaders Ayr lost in a dramatic finale that saw a never-say-die Watsonians beat the odds and grab a last-minute score that ended a demoralising run of three defeats in a row.

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Ayr's Ruaridh Mackenzie goes over for a try. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Ayr 39 - 13 Glasgow Hawks: Brendan McGroarty red carded

A potentially exciting end to a great game at Millbrae was ruined by a refereeing decision.

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DArcy Rae scored a try converted by Frazier Climo

Ayr 46 - 22 Stirling County: Home pack well on top

Ayr got back to winning ways, with a seven tries to three win over Stirling County. The home pack was on top from the off, but, to their credit, an under-strength County played some good off-the-cuff stuff in broken play.

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Jamie Ure on the charge for Muir. Picture Toby Williams

Boroughmuir 24 - 11 Ayr: Muir too slick for slack seasiders

Ayr may have been league leaders before this match kicked off but little good it did them yesterday afternoon at Meggetland where they lost their first match of the season. The home team gave their illustrious visitors a lesson in accurate, high tempo, off-loading rugby and Ayr couldn’t comprehend let alone cope with it.

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Melrose's Grant Runciman, right, battles for the ball against Ayr's David Armstrong

Ayr 11 - 7 Melrose: Ayr capitalise on Nick Beavon’s off day

The home side emerged victorious from this clash of the BT Premiership’s two “Superpowers”. Ayr’s greater control, particularly in the pack, allowed them to overcome poor conditions and a determined Melrose side, and in turn displace their visitors from the head of the table as the big two clashed for the first time this season.

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Glasgow Warriors' Finn Russell is to return from injury and will play for Ayr this Saturday. Picture:  Gary Hutchison/SNS

Finn Russell back in action after serious head knock

Scottish rugby will breath a collective sigh of relief at the news that international stand-off Finn Russell will play his first competitive match in almost four months tomorrow.

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Ayr's Frazier Climo missed some kicks.

Ayr 27 - 24 Gala: Home side do enough

Ayr won, without playing as well as they can, with this five tries to three win over Gala at Millbrae. But, Frazier Climo left 13 unkicked points out there.

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Heriots full-back Gavin Parker goes over for a try on the stroke of half-time.  Photograph: John Devlin

Heriot’s 18 - 23 Ayr: Visitors tip the balance

For the reigning champions to lose one match may have been unfortunate but when Heriot’s lost two in succession it looks a little careless. Not that it will satisfy them, but Ayr got some small measure of revenge after losing the Premiership final last season to these very same opponents on their own Millbrae ground.

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Ross Curle powered over for the first of Ayr's eight tries

Ayr 53 - 10 Currie: Ayr blow away the visitors

Currie were caught in the eye of a try storm in this BT Premiership opener.

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