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Frazier Climo kicked two conversions for Ayr. Picture: Greg Macvean

Ayr squeeze out the win against Boroughmuir

Ayr made things hard for themselves, but in the end 
their magnificent defence enabled them to stifle a powerful second-half Boroughmuir performance to grab four points and stay on top of the Tennent’s Premiership.

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Ayr's Tommy Spinks takes a line out. Pic: SNS/SRU/Bruce White

Ayr 38 - 17 Melrose: Unbeaten Ayr go top

Two late tries may have skewed the final result somewhat, but there is no doubt Ayr deserved to triumph in this wonderfully-entertaining Tennent’s Premiership match of the day. They now top the table, the only unbeaten side of the ten.

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Frazier Climo in action for Ayr. Pic: SNS/SRU

Ayr 43 - 15 Stirling County

A barn-storming second-half show, in which they scored 26 unanswered points, carried Ayr to victory – even though the hosts were lucky to still be in the contest at the interval.

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David Gornley celebrates Auchinleck's Scottish Junior Cup triumph in 2015. Picture: SNS.

Auchinleck fan travels from Shanghai for Junior Cup final

Tales of returning exiles crossing the world to see their team contest the Scottish Junior Cup final are a hardy annual, but this afternoon, as they attempt to stretch their record number of Scottish Junior Cup wins to 12, in their 15th final, Auchinleck Talbot have put a new twist on this old tale.

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Tucker Sloan is aiming to win his 25th trophy as manager of Auchinleck Talbot. Picture: SNS.

Auchinleck Talbot seek 12th Scottish Junior Cup triumph

As a weel-kent resident of the district observed: “Facts are chiels that wanna ding.” Thus the fact tomorrow’s Scottish Junior Cup final, for the sixth straight year at Kilmarnock’s Rugby Park, reinforces the impression that, for the juniors – “Real Fitba”, red in tooth and claw – Ayrshire is where it matters most.

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Ayr's Scott Lyle in action

Ayr 33 - 19 Hawick: Ayr return to winning ways

Ayr made amends for last week’s BT Cup quarter-final loss at Mansfield Park with this bonus-point BT Premiership win in the glaur of Millbrae – the victory taking them closer to a place in the play-off semi-finals next month.

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Currie's Robbie Nelson. Picture: Graham Stuart/SNS/SRU

Ayr 12 - 14 Currie: Missed kicks prove costly for home side

In the end, it came down to two missed goal kicks by Scott Lyle for the home side, but, the truth is, Currie were a long way more than two points ahead of their hosts in winning this match. Only in the set scrums were Ayr the better side and, but for a some dropped balls, the visitors might well have been out of sight by the break.

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Hawick's Bruce McNeill. Picture: Graham Stuart/SNS/SRU

Marr 17-29 Hawick: Greens resist late fightback

Marr were here reminded of one of the eternal truths of Scottish rugby – you cannot give a Hawick team 17 points of a start, and expect to win. Trailing by that margin at the end of the first quarter, the hosts took until the 50th minute to score – by which time the Greens had extended their lead, but, for all their fire and fury over the remaining minutes, Marr had left themselves too big a mountain to climb.

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