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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Premier League captains line up ahead of the new season. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Ayr vow to lead BT Premiership from front again

There are some new coaches, a raft of new players at all ten clubs and a general optimism about the season ahead as 
the BT Premiership gets underway this afternoon.

Ayr have drafted Scotland centre Mark Bennett for the new season. Picture: Jane Barlow

Pro players allocated clubs in draft for new season

The Scottish Rugby Union has announced the BT Premiership draft picks for the new club season which kicks off on Saturday.

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Mike Blair, left, and Calum Forrester embark on a coaching experience with the Crusaders in Canterbury, New Zealand next month. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS/SRU

Mike Blair bids to add Kiwi polish to rugby coaching skills

Some ex-players are the perfect fit for a move into coaching, some fancy it but struggle to make the transition, while others recoil from the prospect altogether. Former Scotland scrum-half Mike Blair knew from early on that it would be a probable next step and he is determined to forge as successful a coaching career as he did a playing one, which garnered 85 caps for his country.

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A delighted Heriots captain Jack Turley lifts the trophy after his sides Premiership title win. Picture: SNS

Winning habit carries Heriot’s to BT Premiership title

It may be a cliché but the old adage that winning is a habit which seems to become increasingly hard to break was evidenced once again on Saturday when Heriot’s found a way to win the BT Premiership final at Ayr.

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Heriot's captain Jack Turley celebrates his side's BT Premiership title success. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Ayr 26 – 29 Heriot’s: Double success for Heriot’s

It’s been a memorable eight days for Heriot’s, who backed up last Saturday’s BT Cup win with the league double. It was just a shame that such an entertaining match, with a total of nine tries all told, should have ended in controversy: the last score, a penalty try five minutes from time, proved decisive to the fury of the local crowd. The officials didn’t collect their post match medals as is customary.

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Ayrs David Armstrong brings down Melrose stand-off Tom Galbraith during Saturdays semi-final. Picture: SNS

Magnificent Ayr storm into title decider

Ten minutes after the final whistle, some of the more-experienced Ayr players still lingered on the Millbrae touchline, loath to leave the scene of this magnificent victory. As the press corps passed, one battle-hardened forward winked and said: “Who wants to retire after a semi-final anyway”.

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Ayrs David Armstrong, left, tackles Tom Galbraith as the home side gave away little.  Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Ayr 48 - 10 Melrose: Climo and Ayr give visitors a kicking

What a difference a week makes. Last Saturday, Ayr finished a poor second to Melrose in the BT Scottish Cup semi-final. Yesterday, seven days on, same clubs, same venue, with this semi-final in the BT Premiership, but one big difference – the Ayr side.

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John Dalziel. Picture: Ian Rutherford

John Dalziel’s men win cup semi ahead of play-off clash

Melrose went into this match on a run of three successive wins over their hosts, and they came out of it having extended that superiority. Rightly so as, even when Ayr held the whip hand in the second half, they could find no way past determined defence and as the game unfolded, the belief gradually grew that this would be Melrose’s day.

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Melrose's Joe Helps, left, will play in the BT Cup final next month against Heriot's. Picture Ian Rutherford

Ayr 13 - 20 Melrose: Melrose victorious in semi

Melrose continued their dominance over Ayr with their fourth win over the Millbrae men on the bounce to reach the BT Scottish Cup final at BT Murrayfield next month.


Hawick 10 – 26 Ayr



Ayr thrash GHK 60-0

AYR cruised into their expected last-four place in the BT Scottish Cup with this ten-try demolition of their visitors from Glasgow, writes Matt Vallance at Millbrae.

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