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Currie 24 - 27 Melrose: Borderers tough it out in capital

Melrose coach Rob Chrystie praised his team for fending off the persistent challenge of a dogged Currie to emerge from this seven-try thriller with maximum points.

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New Glasgow Warriors signing Ratu Tagive will play for Currie against Melrose today. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS/SRU

Ratu Tagive and Ryan Grant in Currie team to play Melrose

The BT Premiership resumes after a mid-season break today with leaders Melrose at Malleny Park to take on Currie.

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Junior Bulumakau was one of the key players injured

Melrose 35 - 15 Glasgow Hawks: Injuries mark brutal game

Melrose showed why they are the top-placed club in the BT Premiership by coming from behind to overwhelm Glasgow Hawks in a hard and, at times, brutal match.

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Jason Baggott
 was on form with the boot

Boroughmuir 12 - 45 Melrose: Rose stay top of the table

Melrose took maximum points to stay top of the table against a Boroughmuir team who were only one point adrift at half-time but just couldn’t live with the Borderers for the full 80 minutes.

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Michael Robertson of Hawick suffered a neck injury

Hawick 3 - 14 Melrose: Double defeat for the Greens

Melrose scored a second win over Border rivals, following up their victory over Gala last weekend with success against Hawick .

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Craig Chalmers expressed his disappointment. Picture: Robert Perry

Melrose’s South of Scotland snub disappoints Craig Chalmers

Melrose legend Craig Chalmers has hit out at his former club’s decision not to release players for next month’s revival of the South of Scotland team.

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Harry Boisseau finished off Heriots pressure to leave the visitors trailing 14-8 at the break. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Melrose 17 v 21 Heriot’s: Heriot’s hold out for victory

By alan lorimer

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Watsonians' Matt Poole and Ruaridh Knott of Melrose in action. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Watsonians 7 - 24 Melrose: Improving Rose climb to the top

Melrose are locked together with Glasgow Hawks at the top of the Premiership after a bonus-point victory over a lacklustre Watsonians team who suffered their second defeat in as many weeks.

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Ruaridh Knott is tackled by Matt Poole. Picture Ian Georgeson

Watsonians 7 - 24 Melrose: Ruaridh Knott scores two tries

Melrose came and Melrose conquered. The visitors held the upper hand in the set scrum and, while there wasn’t a chasm separating these two teams elsewhere, the Borderers were worthy winners, especially in light of call offs and injuries.

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Melrose's Craig Jackson scored a vital try

Melrose 25 - 17 Stirling County: County denied deserved point

CRAIG Jackson captained Melrose to a crucial win at The Greenyards in a game in which County deserved a bonus point and ended with nothing.

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Melrose's Grant Runciman, right, battles for the ball against Ayr's David Armstrong

Ayr 11 - 7 Melrose: Ayr capitalise on Nick Beavon’s off day

The home side emerged victorious from this clash of the BT Premiership’s two “Superpowers”. Ayr’s greater control, particularly in the pack, allowed them to overcome poor conditions and a determined Melrose side, and in turn displace their visitors from the head of the table as the big two clashed for the first time this season.

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Mark Robertson in action for Great Britain against New Zealand in the rugby sevens at the Rio Olympics. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Olympic medallist Mark Robertson on his debt to Melrose

Melrose paid tribute to their very own Olympic silver medal winner Mark Robertson at a special event at The Greenyards at the weekend.

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Iain Moodie scored one of seven tries for Melrose.

Melrose 52 - 22 Currie: Rose score seven tries

Melrose swept Currie aside at The Greenyards with enterprising rugby in the sun to score seven tries and maintain their unbeaten run.

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Jason Baggott was on target for Melrose. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Glasgow Hawks 17 - 37 Melrose: Rose continue to bloom

Melrose’s impressive start to the BT Premiership campaign continued with this bonus-point win over Glasgow Hawks.

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George Taylor was on target for Melrose

Melrose 51 - 24 Boroughmuir: Baggot bags two tries

Melrose earned an opening day victory at The Greenyards scoring eight tries. But Boroughmuir stormed back to gain a bonus point with four tries of their own.

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The Premier League captains line up ahead of the new season. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Ayr vow to lead BT Premiership from front again

There are some new coaches, a raft of new players at all ten clubs and a general optimism about the season ahead as 
the BT Premiership gets underway this afternoon.

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Ayr have drafted Scotland centre Mark Bennett for the new season. Picture: Jane Barlow

Pro players allocated clubs in draft for new season

The Scottish Rugby Union has announced the BT Premiership draft picks for the new club season which kicks off on Saturday.

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Melrose's Neil Irvine Hess celebrates the Borders side's second try. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Heriot’s 7 - 36 Melrose: Slick Borderers win Charity Shield

Melrose picked up the first silverware of the season with a very impressive 36-7 win over Heriot’s in the BT Charity Shield at Goldenacre last night.

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Rory Carmichael of Heriot's, right, will take on Melrose, featuring  Bruce Colvine, left, in the Charity Shield. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS/SRU

New Heriot’s captain Rory Carmichael sets sights on Shield

Taking the captaincy of a team that won everything on offer the previous season could be viewed as a poisoned chalice but Rory Carmichael is relishing leading Heriot’s into the new club season, with tonight’s BT Charity Shield clash with Melrose at Goldenacre the curtain-raiser.

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Mark Robertson of GB Lions in action during their match against Samurai. Photograph: Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Mark Robertson: The Melrose connection to Rio’s sevens

When Ned Haig came up with the idea of seven-a-side rugby in 1883, it was still 13 years before the first hosting of the modern Olympic Games. The Borders butcher, who dreamt up the concept as a moneyspinner for Melrose RFC, could never have imagined that, well over a century later, the abbreviated game would find itself the centre of global attention in the unlikely setting of Rio de Janeiro.

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