Ruaraidh Smith ran in a last-minute try to seal a hard-fought victory for Currie over Ayr, writes Gary Heatly at Malleny Park.
Currie dominated the first 40 minutes and, such was their superiority over Ayr, it was difficult to see which team topped the RBS Premiership and which team propped it up.
The hosts’ forwards were aggressive, they were quicker to the breakdown and, but for a couple of knock-ons, could have scored far earlier than they did. Currie’s only real frustration will have been that it took them 38 minutes to get points on the board.
When the score did come, it was when Ayr’s Benn Cogley was in the sin-bin. Currie pounced on a mistake by Finn Russell close to his own line and two phases later Richard Snedden, pictured, darted over for a try, converted by George Horne, for a 7-0 half-time lead.
Ayr started the second half strongly and an unconverted try by Scott Sutherland put them two points behind.
Both sides then scored tries in quick succession – Ethan Pollock for the hosts and Peter McCallum for Ayr – to leave things at 14-10 heading into the final quarter.
With nine minutes to go, Currie’s Mike Vernal was yellow-carded and Nick Cox’s try put Ayr 15-14 up, but Currie then earned a penalty and Horne put them 17-15 ahead with just minutes remaining.
Ayr piled on the pressure, but teenager Smith intercepted in his own 22 and ran in an unconverted try to secure the 24-15 win.