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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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Scotland legend and Calcutta Cup-winning captain Peter 'PC' Brown near his home in Dunbar. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Interview: Calcutta Cup hero Peter Brown on a father’s sons

On the train to Dunbar, the headline on a discarded newspaper not so much catches my eye as pummels it: “Tennis coach father starved his daughters to turn them into Wimbledon champs, court told.” Half an hour later, in the uppermost part of his house, Peter Brown is describing an altogether different kind of parenting for little sporting proteges.

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Prop Gary Strain scored twice for Hawks

Hawks 53 - 29 Gala: Forwards march Glasgow on

The fact that seven of eight tries scored by Glasgow Hawks in this comfortable but not completely convincing victory came from the forwards (with five scored by front-rowers and the other two through No.8 pick-ups) tells the story of this match.

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Boroughmuir grabbed the bonus point when Dale Robertson was driven over

Gala 28 - 46 Boroughmuir: Muir happy, Greens not so

Boroughmuir retained their Premiership status with a dominant performance to score seven tries and send Hawick into the relegation play-off.

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Kerr Gossman scored a try but his brother was man of the match

Glasgow Hawks 7- 36 Ayr: Gossmans in the thick of it

Ayr put their West rivals to the sword, with this six-tries-to-one win, along the way clinching a home semi-final in the end of season 
BT Premiership Play-Offs.

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Twos company: Galas Gregor Hunter is sandwiched in a tackle by Hawicks Grant Huggan (12) and Stuart Graham.  Photograph: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Gala 23 - 15 Hawick: Maroon gain the bragging rights

Gala grabbed a vital victory with a confidence-boosting performance before the sides meet again in two weeks in a relegation battle to stay in the Premiership.

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Charlie Simpson was on form for Heriots. Picture:  Neil Hanna

Gala 0 - 26 Heriot’s: Charlie Simpson scores a double

Heriot’s outplayed Gala after a fairly even first half to grab the points with two tries from Charlie Simpson to leave Gala still propping up the Premiership.

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Watsonians Rory Drummond hands off Gala scrum-half Connor Adams at Myreside.  Picture: Ian Rutherford

Watsonians 40 - 3 Gala: Capital club win maroon wars

Watsonians secured their first league win since October in some style and, as a result, Gala slipped to the bottom of the table.

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The play of Scotland stand-off Finn Russell is reminiscent of illustrious predecessors Gregor Townsend and John Rutherford. Picture: SNS

Allan Massie: Finn Russell raises my hopes for Scotland

Unquenched by experience, hope springs eternal in the Scottish rugby supporter’s breast. It has had to. Things would have been intolerable otherwise in the long winter we have lived through since that joyous day in Paris when Scotland ran riot against France and won the last Five Nations title.That was in 1999, when Zander Fagerson wasn’t yet in primary school, and when, for all I know, Finn Russell had not yet handled a rugby ball.

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Langi Haupeakui scored a try and was sent off

Gala 22 - 29 Stirling County: Fourteen-man County raise game

With both teams desperate for points to avoid a relegation battle, it was a tense battle at Netherdale in a game marred by a red card to Glasgow Warriors’ Langi Haupeakui, pictured, for a hefty challenge on Chris Keen.

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Melrose's Austin Lockington

Melrose 57 - 17 Gala: Borders clubs miles apart

Geographically Melrose and Gala are only three miles apart but yesterday, in rugby terms, the gap between the two sides was of the yawning variety as the championship leaders inflicted a crushing defeat on their neighbours.

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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.

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Hamish Bain  gave Currie the lead. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Gala 24 - 49 Currie: Pace creates a try feast

Currie’s pace and forward power dominated at Netherdale, where Gala were outplayed by a Currie, side who came back from a shaky start to score eight tries and keep on course for a play-off place.

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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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The match took place at Meggatland. Picture: Julie Howden

Boroughmuir 27 - 31 Gala: Rory Scholes the Gala hero

Edinburgh Rugby’s Rory Scholes ran in four tries as Gala defeated Boroughmuir in an entertaining match at Meggetland.

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Gala's Ross Combe tackles Gary Johnstone. Picture: Jon Savage

Gala 22 - 21 Hawick: Maroons edge out Greens

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Struan Dewar scored at the end of the first quarter

Heriot’s 38 - 19 Gala: Andrew Simmers blows red hot at home

Andrew Simmers led the charge for Heriot’s, bagging 23 points as Gala were comprehensively dumped.

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Gregor Hunter's try denied visitors a bonus point

Gala 25 - 15 Watsonians: Hunter on target

Gala produced their best performance of the season so far in defeating Watsonians with a display of exciting back play despite limited possession from the set scrums.

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Opeta Palepoi powered over for Gala

Stirling County 31 - 18 Gala: Home revival takes points

There was little to choose between these teams in terms of the season so far before kick off and, in truth, there wasn’t much to separate the two once play began with County just about deserving their win given an improved second-half performance.

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Ayr's Frazier Climo missed some kicks.

Ayr 27 - 24 Gala: Home side do enough

Ayr won, without playing as well as they can, with this five tries to three win over Gala at Millbrae. But, Frazier Climo left 13 unkicked points out there.

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