Unstoppable Melrose maintain perfect record against Heriot’s

Melrose march on with a perfect record in the Premiership – eight straight bonus -point wins.

Ross Jones opened the scoring for Heriot's with a penalty. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Heriot’s 29 - 49 Melrose: Visitors hit the heights

Melrose maintained their momentum in the BT Premiership by defeating Heriot’s at Goldenacre to continue an unprecedented record of bonus point wins in each of the championship matches thus far.

Melrose's Fraser Thomson was the principal provider of scoring passes. Picture: Graham Stuart

Melrose 66 - 10 Marr: Magnificent seven in a row

Another Saturday and another big win as Melrose recorded their seventh successive victory and with it a seventh successive bonus point with a demolition of the Premiership newcomers, Marr.

Melrose's Ally Miller scored three tries. Picture: Bill Murray

Stirling County 27 - 40 Melrose: Miller notches a hat-trick

A blistering first quarter of an hour built Melrose a platform to continue their seamless start to the season.

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Ross McCann celebrates the first of his four tries on Saturday with Nyle Godsmark and Jason Baggott. Picture: SNS.

Melrose merciless in bonus-point win over Currie

Melrose’s awe-inspiring start to the season continued at The Greenyards on Saturday when they outplayed one of their potential challengers for the BT Premiership title with seven tries for their fifth successive win and bonus point.

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Melroses Ross McCann crosses for the opening try, which he follows up for three more . Photograph: Graham Stuart/SNS Group

Melrose 41 - 10 Currie Chieftains: Five star performance

Melrose made it five from five in the BT Premiership after blowing away Currie Chieftains’ hopes of being in the mix for championship honours with a performance that had all the hallmarks of a team on top of its game.

Hawick suffered a thumping defeat at the hands of Heriot's last weekend. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Coach Cunningham urges Hawick to atone for 70-point rout

Hawick head coach Darren Cunningham has asked his players to “stand up and take responsibility” ahead of today’s BT Premiership match at Glasgow Hawks.

George Horne was the Glasgow sides most threatening player. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Melrose 35 - 13 Glasgow Hawks: Pace and skill win the day

A strong second half against Glasgow Hawks gave leaders Melrose their fourth successive bonus point win in the BT Premiership.

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Melrose right-wing Ross McCann, left, celebrates one of his two tries before half-time. Picture: SNS.

Dominant Melrose produce show of strength against Ayr

This was billed at the start of the season as a clash of the titans between the two clubs most likely to be battling it out for the Premiership title come April time. It ended up as little more than a routine pit-stop for Melrose in which they consolidated their position at the top of the table by half-time. Meanwhile, last year’s champions Ayr were left asking themselves a raft of difficult questions about whether their current squad has what it takes to be serious contenders this time round.

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Melrose scrum-half Murdo McAndrew, left, grapples with Ayrs Scott Lyle at Millbrae. Photograph: Paul Devlin/SNS

Ayr 17 - 34 Melrose: Rose make it look easy

A magnificent first-half display of pace and accuracy gave the visitors a 10-31 lead at the break and although last year’s champions showed fighting spirit to win the second period 7-3, they were never really in this contest.

Melrose skpper Grant Runciamn went over from a driven lineout. Picture: SNS

Melrose 51- 15 Boroughmuir: A tale of two halves

For a second successive week Melrose topped the half century against Edinburgh opposition after running in nine tries against a Boroughmuir side lacking too many of their front line backs to be effective.

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Fraser Thomson's hat-trick brought up his 100th try for Melrose. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Melrose 54 - 22 Watsonians: 100 up for Fraser Thomson

Two years on from now, if Scottish Rugby’s plans prevail, a semi-professional league will be in place.

Neil Irvine-Hess was man of the match. Picture: Ian Gerogeson

Ayr 31 - 44 Melrose: Rose bloom in 11-try Charity Shield

The two best club sides in Scotland set a high bar for the new BT Premiership campaign, which starts next week, with this 11-try spectacular, deservedly won by the sharper and more-accurate visitors, who out-scored their hosts by seven tries to four.

Ex-rugby player Doddie Weir. Picture: Greg Macvean.

Rugby legend George ‘Doddie’ Weir diagnosed with MND

Scotland rugby legend Doddie Weir has revealed he is suffering from motor neurone disease.

Mark Robertson helped Scotland defeat Fiji as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens in Paris last week. Picture: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Scotland sevens stalwart Mark Robertson to retire

Scotland sevens stalwart Mark Robertson will retire from the pro game after the final Sevens World Series event of 2016/17 at Twickenham this weekend.

Waving goodbye: Bryan Redpaths rugby career took in coaching in Yorkshire and playing for Scotland. Photographs: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Bryan Redpath on why he is quitting rugby

In the week that one Gala-born coach in his mid-forties announced his first ever Scotland squad, another Gala-born coach in his mid-forties may just have suffered a pang of regret at what might have been. A former halfback partner of Gregor Townsend, Bryan Redpath was fancied to take over the Scotland reins at international level but now the former Gloucester and Sale Sharks head coach is quitting the game for good to take up a position in finance with foreign exchange specialists Afex. What pushed him over the edge?

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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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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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.”

Ayr skipper Pete McCallum seals his team's Premiership play-off win over Melrose with a kiss. Picture: SNS/SRU

Relief for yellow-carded Pete McCallum as Ayr clinch title

Ayr skipper Pete McCallum channelled the spirit of the late, great baseballer and comic philosopher Yogi Berra
when he said his dramatic late yellow card was like “déjà vu all over again”.

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