Ayr 41 - 17 Heriot’s: Ayr show their class

With their “piano-shifters” up front in near-total control, the Ayr backs made some sweet music in this five tries to two home win.

Marr head coach Craig Redpath said: 'We re-group and move on.' Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Marr 6 - 19 Ayr: Unbeaten home record goes

Marr defended ferociously and made light of having to play 50 minutes one man down following Kyle Hatherell’s first-half red card, but an under-strength Ayr still proved too strong for them in this derby match.

Frazier Climo scored a try and was yellow carded. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Ayr 46 - 33 Stirling County: Tries and yellow cards aplenty

Ayr emerged victorious from a 12-try spectacular in which both sides claimed try bonus points indicating how both were prepared to attack.

Hawick suffered a thumping defeat at the hands of Heriot's last weekend. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Coach Cunningham urges Hawick to atone for 70-point rout

Hawick head coach Darren Cunningham has asked his players to “stand up and take responsibility” ahead of today’s BT Premiership match at Glasgow Hawks.

Pete McCallum thundered over for a try. Picture: Colin Renton/SNS

Currie Chieftains 15 - 24 Ayr: Chieftains taste first defeat

BT Premiership champions Ayr clicked into gear to boost their title defence and inflict a first defeat of the campaign on Currie Chieftains whose second half fightback was not sufficient to take anything from the game.

Melrose right-wing Ross McCann, left, celebrates one of his two tries before half-time. Picture: SNS.

Dominant Melrose produce show of strength against Ayr

This was billed at the start of the season as a clash of the titans between the two clubs most likely to be battling it out for the Premiership title come April time. It ended up as little more than a routine pit-stop for Melrose in which they consolidated their position at the top of the table by half-time. Meanwhile, last year’s champions Ayr were left asking themselves a raft of difficult questions about whether their current squad has what it takes to be serious contenders this time round.

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Melrose scrum-half Murdo McAndrew, left, grapples with Ayrs Scott Lyle at Millbrae. Photograph: Paul Devlin/SNS

Ayr 17 - 34 Melrose: Rose make it look easy

A magnificent first-half display of pace and accuracy gave the visitors a 10-31 lead at the break and although last year’s champions showed fighting spirit to win the second period 7-3, they were never really in this contest.

The late Stephen Begley in action for Watsonians against Gala in 2003. Picture: Andrew Stuart

Hawks win a fitting tribute to stalwart Stephen Begley

They did not know they were doing so at the time, but the current crop of Glasgow Hawks players paid an excellent tribute to former club stalwart Stephen Begley with this fine performance and thoroughly deserved victory over last year’s champions.

Hawks winger Kyle Rowe

Ayr 18 - 28 Glasgow Hawks: Champions defeated

A fine disregard for reputations was on display on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Millbrae as a precocious Glasgow Hawks side secured their club’s first victory in South Ayrshire since December 2005 by beating their esteemed hosts at their own game.

Ayr's Tommy Spinks attempts to hold off Boroughmuir's Johnny Matthews. 
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Ayr snatch late victory over Boroughmuir with last-gasp kick

Two sides with aspirations of challenging for BT Premiership honours served up an intense encounter that went to the wire before the title holders snatched victory with a last-minute drop goal.

Ayr's Tommy Spinks tries to escape the clutches of Muir's Johnny Matthews. 
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Boroughmuir 28 - 30 Ayr: Climo drop goal snatches victory

Ayr launched their defence of the BT Premiership title with a last-ditch win in a scintillating game that augurs well for the quality of entertainment in the months ahead.

Former Scotland player Ryan Grant will turn out for Ayr at Broughmuir. Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Champions Ayr welcome Ryan Grant as they travel to Boroughmuir

Loosehead prop Ryan Grant, the Scotland cap and British & Irish Lions tourist, has joined reigning BT Premiership champions Ayr as short-term cover as the season gets underway this afternoon.

Neil Irvine-Hess was man of the match. Picture: Ian Gerogeson

Ayr 31 - 44 Melrose: Rose bloom in 11-try Charity Shield

The two best club sides in Scotland set a high bar for the new BT Premiership campaign, which starts next week, with this 11-try spectacular, deservedly won by the sharper and more-accurate visitors, who out-scored their hosts by seven tries to four.

Melrose centre Nyle Godsmark, right, celebrates scoring the winning try against Ayr in the BT Cup final at Murrayfield. Picture: SNS/SRU

Nyle Godsmark’s sucker punch gives Melrose sweet revenge

It was a case of two out of three ain’t bad for the Godsmark family on Saturday as a couple of brothers ended their finals with winner’s medals around their necks.

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Melrose players and staff celebrate their cup win over Ayr at Murrayfield. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Melrose 23 - 18 Ayr 18: Honours even as Rose relish revenge

Melrose got some measure of revenge for last Saturday’s defeat in the league final at the Greenyards by snatching victory in the BT Cup final at Murrayfield yesterday. They looked down and out, trailing by seven points inside the final 15 minutes, but in front of the Princess Royal – who presented the trophy – Melrose scored two tries to jump off the canvas and earn their victory the hard way.

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Ayr skipper Pete McCallum seals his team's Premiership play-off win over Melrose with a kiss. Picture: SNS/SRU

Relief for yellow-carded Pete McCallum as Ayr clinch title

Ayr skipper Pete McCallum channelled the spirit of the late, great baseballer and comic philosopher Yogi Berra
when he said his dramatic late yellow card was like “déjà vu all over again”.

The Ayr team celebrate their 12-8 win over Melrose which clinched the BT Premiership title. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Melrose 8 - 12 Ayr: Scott Sutherland gamble pays off

The Greenyards was bathed in spring sunshine for the BT Premiership final although it offered little warmth, a little like this match which promised much but struggled to generate much heat or light.

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Grant Runciman scores a try for Melrose in their 27-10 victory over Ayr at The Greenyards in December. Picture: Graham Stuart/SNS

Ayr ‘in good place’ for big match at Melrose

Melrose will be gunning for their tenth league title since the official championship was launched in 1973, Ayr only their third, but the men from the west will have no inferiority complex when they run out on to the Greenyards pitch in the BT Premiership final this afternoon.

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Frazier Climo off-loaded for Archie Russell to open the scoring. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Ayr 38 - 22 Glasgow Hawks: Amateurs humble the Pros

For the second successive Saturday, Ayr’s bunch of enthusiastic amateurs were too strong for Hawks’ professional-loaded XV, as the Millbrae men ensured the two end-of-season finals – in the BT Scottish Cup and now the BT Premiership Play-Offs – will be between them and Melrose.

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Currie's head coach Ben Cairns take his side down to the Greenyards to play Melrose in the BT Premiership semi-finals. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Ayr and Glasgow Hawks meet again in Premiership semi-finals

Glasgow Hawks’ head coach Finlay Gillies has rung the changes to his starting XV after last week’s cup loss to Ayr as the sides clash again in the BT Premiership semi-final this afternoon.

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