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Watsonians’ magnificent seven on form again

Watsonians signed off what has been a regal sevens season by winning the Jed-Forest tournament at Riverside yesterday, defeating the hosts in the final to endorse their first-place finish in the Kings of the Sevens competition.

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The victorious Hawick team celebrate their comeback from 20-6 down to win by three points, keeping them in the top tier of Scottish rugby. Photograph: Ian Rutherford

Edinburgh Accies 20 - 23 Hawick: Green shoots of recovery

This was a bizarre match that swung first one way and then the other, with neither side able to shake the opposition off their coat tails, and the two sides went into the final ten minutes neck and neck, tied at 20-20. With two tries, two conversions and two penalties apiece, the two teams could not be separated.

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Melrose's Jason Baggot scored two tries to help his side win the Border League title. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Melrose 35 - 7 Gala: Rose clinch Border League title

Melrose comfortably lifted the Booker Border League title last night at Poynder Park, Kelso, for the first time since 2011 with a 35-7 win over holders Gala in the final to add to their BT Cup win at Murrayfield on Saturday.

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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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Carrick's Ross McCulloch dives over to score. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

M’field Wanderers 28 - 41 Carrick: Carrick keep the title

Carrick overcame a shaky start to retain the BT Shield in the last final of the day.

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Portobello celebrate their win. Picture:  Gary Hutchison/SNS

Blairgowrie 23 - 33 Portobello: Porty promenade to a win

Portobello revived memories of their glory days by winning the BT Bowl final on the international pitch at Murrayfield with a stylish win over a feisty Blairgowrie side.

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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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Champions: The Hillhead/Jordanhill players celebrate victory. Photograph: SNS

Hillhead Jordanhill 26 - 23 Murrayfield Wanderers: Cup thriller

Hillhead/Jordanhill won the Sarah Beaney Cup for the first time since 2012-13 at BT Murrayfield yesterday.

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Sarah Quick (Hillhead/Jordanhill) and Louise McMillan (Murrayfield Wanderers) look ahead to the Sarah Beaney Cup final. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Murrayfield Wanderers take on Hillhead-Jordanhill in final

In many ways, the national women’s team’s two victories in this year’s Six Nations, following seven years of relentless defeat and frequent demolition, has been one of 
the feelgood stories of the Scottish sporting year.

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Melrose and Scotland full back Rowen Shepherd leaves the oppostion behind as he breaks away for one of his three tries against Boroughmuir in the 1997 Scottish Cup final. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Rowen Shepherd on his cup final hat-trick for Melrose

“I suppose it was the end of an era but we didn’t realise it at the time.”

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Finalists look ahead to BT Cup Finals Day at BT Murrayfield. 
 Pictured, from left, are: Chris Britee-Steer (Portobello), Andrew McOuat (Blairgowrie), Heather Davis (Stirling County), Allana McWilliam (Stewartry), Pete McCallum (Ayr), Bruce Colvine (Melrose), Louise McMillan (Murrayfield Wanderers), Sarah Quick (Hillhead/Jordanhill), Lindsay McDermid (Garioch), Linda Morrison (Kirkcaldy), Murray Hastie (Murrayfield Wanderers) and Michael Kirk (Carrick)

Title win won’t affect hunger to lift cup says Ayr coach

Ayr coach Calum Forrester is certain that the ecstasy of winning the league title will not lead to any drop in hunger to go again this Saturday and secure the double in the BT Cup final.

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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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Melrose captain Bruce Colvine, left, and Ayrs Lewis Anderson meet at the Greenyards ahead of the BT Premiership final this Saturday. The teams meet again in the BT Cup final at Murrayfield a week later. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS/SRU

Melrose and Ayr seeking glory and the limelight

With Scottish interest in the professional season effectively ended by Glasgow’s defeat by Munster in Cork at the weekend, Melrose coach Rob Chrystie hopes a bit more limelight can come the club scene’s way as it reaches its climax.

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Austin Lockington of Melrose keeps hold of the ball in a challenge with Quins' Max Coyle  in front of an appreciative crowd. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Young Harlequins get their hands on oldest Sevens’ trophy

Harlequins maintained the grip of the guest sides on the Melrose Sevens trophy yesterday evening but were made to work hard for the Ladies Cup by a valiant home side in a competitive final.

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Nyle Godsmark scores Melroses third try. The centre also scored the second. Photograph: Graham Stuart SNS

Melrose 42 - 15 Currie: Finals offer a glimpse of deja vu

Having secured their place in the BT Cup final last weekend Melrose realised a further ambition by booking their slot in the Premiership showdown a week on Saturday with victory in the play-off semi-final against Currie. Both matches will be against Ayr but for the Premiership final Melrose will have home advantage at the Greenyards, the stage for this Saturday’s world famous sevens event.

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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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Harry Burr of Stirling County slides in to tackle Melroses Austin Lockington in yesterdays semi-final. Picture: Neil Hanna

Melrose 48 - 18 Stirling County: Rose return to Murrayfield

Melrose will return to Murrayfield for a second successive BT Cup final after defeating Stirling in a semi-final that started well for County but which slipped away quickly from the Bridgehaugh side as Melrose found their scoring rhythm.

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