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”.

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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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Ayrs Grant Anderson scores his sides second try. Picture: Bill Murray/SRU/SNS

Ayr 28 - 10 Glasgow Hawks: Home side fly higher

Ayr never reached the heights they did in beating Hawks in both league games this season – but they were still far too good for their visitors as they cruised into the final of the BT Scottish Cup, and another head-to-head with Melrose, in this one-sided semi-final at Millbrae.

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Archie Russell helped Ayr win through to the BT Cup quarter-finals. Picture: Greg Macvean

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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