THE Premiership was thrown wide open as leaders Ayr crashed to a confident Melrose side, writes Atholl Innes at The Greenyards.
Melrose also collected the bonus point while Ayr were hampered by an eye injury to Frazier Climo who had to leave the pitch.
Melrose made the best possible start when Fraser Thomson scored under the posts for Joe Helps to convert before Climo kicked a penalty when Melrose were penalised for crossing and narrowed the gap with his second then added a third to give his side the lead in 19 minutes.
But Melrose regained their composure for Helps to kick a goal before Sam Pecquer went over in the corner. Helps kicked another goal for an 18-9 interval lead.
Andrew Nagle was denied an almost certain try for a forward pass and Ayr moved quickly to the other end where Lewis Anderson scored and Ross Curle converted.
Melrose’s response was swift, Pecquer scoring his second for Helps to convert, but from the kick-off, Grant Anderson touched down at the other end, and then Helps and Curle exchanged penalties.
Melrose secured the points with a late converted try from Grant Runciman with Ayr’s Peter McCallum in the sin-bin.