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Rob Chrystie hails Melrose’s winning blend

Currie came close to beating the best team in the Premiership but ultimately had to settle for the cold comfort of a losing bonus point as the league leaders went home with another five points in the bag, writes William Paul.

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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.

New Glasgow Warriors signing Ratu Tagive will play for Currie against Melrose today. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS/SRU

Ratu Tagive and Ryan Grant in Currie team to play Melrose

The BT Premiership resumes after a mid-season break today with leaders Melrose at Malleny Park to take on Currie.

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Rob Louw crossed before half-time

BT Cup round up: Gala lead the way on day for favourites

Gala flew out of the blocks in the first half to set up a win in the BT Cup against GHA yesterday.

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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.

Adam Nicol touched down

Hawick 30 - 43 Stirling County: Sins cost Greens dear

Stirling County ran in five tries to claim a bonus point victory over Hawick.

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George Horne was man of the match

Glasgow Hawks 50 - 24 Gala: George Horne is the main man

Hawks soared back to winning ways in this ten-try extravaganza. George Horne, with two tries, six conversions and a penalty goal, for half his side’s points, was Man of the Match.

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Jason Baggott
 was on form with the boot

Boroughmuir 12 - 45 Melrose: Rose stay top of the table

Melrose took maximum points to stay top of the table against a Boroughmuir team who were only one point adrift at half-time but just couldn’t live with the Borderers for the full 80 minutes.

Watsionian Euan Dodds and Heriots hat trick hero Russell Nimmo. Picture:

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Heriot’s 58 - 15 Watsonians: Home side too hot to handle

Heriot’s lost the season opener to the same opposition but duly got revenge in a hopelessly one-sided game at Goldenacre. A very decent crowd were well entertained by a match that had something for everyone; 13 tries, coaching controversy, a slew of injuries – everything with the exception of a genuine contest. Thank goodness Heriots were awry with the boot or this could have gotten really ugly.

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Rob Flockhart is confident his motion has the backing of the clubs and hopes for a big turn-out at the SGM. Picture: SNS/SRU

Clubs need to take ‘a bit of responsibility’ - SRU president

SRU president Rob Flockhart says he can’t think of a reason why clubs wouldn’t back his motion at Friday’s Special General Meeting and has urged them to “take a bit of responsibility”.

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Craig Chalmers expressed his disappointment. Picture: Robert Perry

Melrose’s South of Scotland snub disappoints Craig Chalmers

Melrose legend Craig Chalmers has hit out at his former club’s decision not to release players for next month’s revival of the South of Scotland team.

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Club representatives at the launch of the Aviva Premiership season at Twickenham. Picture: Steve Paston/PA Wire

English chief says international calendar is ‘unsustainable’

English Premiership Rugby bosses have called for a swift resolution to the “unsustainable” Test season.

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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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Melrose's Neil Irvine Hess celebrates the Borders side's second try. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Heriot’s 7 - 36 Melrose: Slick Borderers win Charity Shield

Melrose picked up the first silverware of the season with a very impressive 36-7 win over Heriot’s in the BT Charity Shield at Goldenacre last night.

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Rory Carmichael of Heriot's, right, will take on Melrose, featuring  Bruce Colvine, left, in the Charity Shield. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS/SRU

New Heriot’s captain Rory Carmichael sets sights on Shield

Taking the captaincy of a team that won everything on offer the previous season could be viewed as a poisoned chalice but Rory Carmichael is relishing leading Heriot’s into the new club season, with tonight’s BT Charity Shield clash with Melrose at Goldenacre the curtain-raiser.

The Annan RFC contingent celebrate with their BT Club of the Season award at Friday nights awards dinner at BT Murrayfield. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS/SRU

Club of the Year award ‘better than trophies’ for Annan RFC

Annan RFC have a few notable achievements to their name, ranging from holding the national record of seven straight divisional championships and promotions to being the first Scottish rugby club to launch a website. However, being named as BT Club of the Season at the weekend’s Scottish Rugby Awards has been hailed as the greatest moment in their history.

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Iain Morrison: One-club man. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Iain Morrison to enter London Scottish Hall of Fame

Iain Morrison, the former Scotland flanker turned rugby journalist, will be inducted into the London Scottish Hall of Fame at the club’s end-of-season dinner tonight.

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Centre Alex Dunbar has been in good form for Glasgow. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS?SRU

Alex Dunbar out of Scotland tour, replaced by Matt Scott

Glasgow centre Alex Dunbar has been ruled out of Saturday’s Pro12 semi-final against Connacht in Galway and the Scotland tour of Japan this summer with a knee injury.

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Ruaridh Jackson featured for Scotland against Wales in the Six Nations. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS/SRU

Scotland cap Ruaridh Jackson leaves Wasps to join Harlequins

Scotland international Ruaridh Jackson will leave Wasps to join Harlequins at the end of the Aviva Premiership season.

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Heriot's scrum-half Tom Wilson gets ready to puts the ball in against Ayr at Millbrae. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Club set-up is ever-more professional

There may be a few outstanding fixtures with some promotions and relegations down the leagues still to be determined but the curtain effectively came down on the club season with Heriot’s double-clinching victory in the BT 
Premiership final at Ayr.

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