Stirling County

Stirling County

Melrose shine against Stirling County to reach BT Cup final

Melrose will be back at BT Murrayfield in April for a second successive cup final after a performance that personified the players’ attitude and commitment on a hot afternoon at The Greenyards.

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Harry Burr of Stirling County slides in to tackle Melroses Austin Lockington in yesterdays semi-final. Picture: Neil Hanna

Melrose 48 - 18 Stirling County: Rose return to Murrayfield

Melrose will return to Murrayfield for a second successive BT Cup final after defeating Stirling in a semi-final that started well for County but which slipped away quickly from the Bridgehaugh side as Melrose found their scoring rhythm.

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Jason Baggot was in fine form

Stirling County 7 - 30 Melrose: Win clinches home advantage

There were understandable grumblings from some of the Bridgehaugh faithful about the number of players missing from County ranks owing to international obligations.

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Craig Keddie scored a try for Boroughmuir but ended up on the losing side by a point

Stirling County 32 - 31 Boroughmuir: Penalty sinks visitors

Boroughmuir looked to have staged the biggest steal since the Great Train Robbery when they fought back from what had looked a hopeless position in the BT Cup.

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Heriot's Tom Wilson ran in for a try.
 Picture: Greg Macvean

Stirling County 13 - 29 Heriot’s: Visitors have the muscle

It might be the fag end of the season but there was still plenty at stake in what County president John Wright anticipated as a “spicy encounter” in his match programme comments.

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Rory Drummond was yellow carded then later scored a try.   Picture Ian Rutherford

Watsonians 15 - 12 Stirling County: Two sides of Drummond

County started the stronger of the two sides and had a chance to take the lead in the sixth minute, but skipper Jonny Hope missed the penalty.

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Logan Trotter caught a ball in mid dive to score. Picture: John Devlin

Stirling County 14 - 29 Ayr: League leaders leave it late

Stirling let slip a golden chance to turn over league leaders Ayr as they forced their way ahead midway through the second half only to succumb to a late rush of tries. It was a belated restart to the season for the home side with last week’s game against high-flying Melrose postponed because of a frozen pitch while Ayr were hammering Boroughmuir to put them at the top of the table and confirm their place in the play-offs

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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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Ben Robbins scored for Currie

Stirling County 19 - 27 Currie: History repeats itself

History has a habit of repeating itself and did so agonisingly for Stirling.

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Ross Jones intercepted a loose pass and sprinted 80 metres for Countys opening try

Glasgow Hawks 29 - 20 Stirling County: Hawks swoop to victory

Glasgow Hawks left it late before clinching a bonus-point win over County.

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Craig Keddie went over in 66 minutes. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Stirling County 21 - 14 Boroughmuir: Caution thrown to winds

With both teams in the bottom half of the table – Boroughmuir second bottom and County two places above – this was a match each must have targeted.

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Adam Nicol touched down

Hawick 30 - 43 Stirling County: Sins cost Greens dear

Stirling County ran in five tries to claim a bonus point victory over Hawick.

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Murray McCallum scored a try then hurried to Murrayfield

Heriot’s 29 - 15 Stirling County: Big day for Murray McCallum

Heriot’s chalked up a third successive win and stepped up the defence of their title with an impressive performance that yielded all five league points.

27/03/10, TSPL, Scotsman, Sport, Rugby Scottish Hydro Premier cup, Stirling County v Heriots,  Bridgehaugh, Stirling. Stirling's Jonnie Hope is tackled by Heriots Richard Mill. Pic Ian Rutherford

Stirling County 21 - 19 Watsonians: County win at the death

This had the makings of an intriguing encounter as both sides have struggled for consistency.

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DArcy Rae scored a try converted by Frazier Climo

Ayr 46 - 22 Stirling County: Home pack well on top

Ayr got back to winning ways, with a seven tries to three win over Stirling County. The home pack was on top from the off, but, to their credit, an under-strength County played some good off-the-cuff stuff in broken play.

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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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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Glasgow Hawks' George Horne scored his side's fourth try against Stirling County. Picture: John Devlin

Stirling County 8 - 39 Glasgow Hawks: Visitors too strong

The scoreline might show a comfortable win for Hawks, but it’s hard to know what to make of this encounter, given that both sides were peppered with professionals and, certainly in Stirling’s case, players unknown even to their own fans.

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Boroughmuir's skipper Chris Laidlaw was on target. Picture Jane Barlow

Boroughmuir 35 - 28 Stirling County: Fightback at Meggetland

A second-half fightback saw Boroughmuir grab the points at home after trailing at half-time.

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Stirling had to come from behind against Hawick before running out deserved winners.

Stirling County 28 - 19 Hawick: Hosts come from behind

No-one quite knew what to expect from this opening encounter of the season, so numerous were the changes for both teams.

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