Ayr refuse to play Melrose, seconds before kick-off

Spectators at the Greenyards were left disappointed when the Melrose v Ayr BT Premiership match was called off by the visitors seconds before kick-off.

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Ayr coach Calum Forrester

Glasgow Hawks 31 – Ayr 44: Boost for Millbrae men

Ayr won this game of two halves on the plastic pitch at Lochinch, to give themselves just the boost they needed before next week’s visit to Melrose.

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Ayr 28 - 15 Boroughmuir: Ayr defence helps strike force

With a solid defensive display, paired with composed and patient finishing, Ayr put last weekend’s poor performance behind them by dispatching a frustrated Boroughmuir side.

Pete McCallum put Ayr ahead. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Ayr 12 - 48 Watsonians: Second-half surge

Watsonians took control of this game from the start and, apart from a ten minute spell midway through the first half, when Ayr contrived to lead 12-10, never let their hosts into the game. Six tries to one tells the story.

Craig Gossman stormed over the line. Picture: Gragham Stuart/SNS

Hawick 19 - 32 Ayr: Champions prevail

Head coach George Graham’s first match in charge at Mansfield Park produced a stirring performance by Hawick despite the defeat to the Scottish champions.

Frazier Climo scored two tries for Ayr. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Ayr 41 - 17 Heriot’s: Ayr show their class

With their “piano-shifters” up front in near-total control, the Ayr backs made some sweet music in this five tries to two home win.

Marr head coach Craig Redpath said: 'We re-group and move on.' Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Marr 6 - 19 Ayr: Unbeaten home record goes

Marr defended ferociously and made light of having to play 50 minutes one man down following Kyle Hatherell’s first-half red card, but an under-strength Ayr still proved too strong for them in this derby match.

Frazier Climo scored a try and was yellow carded. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Ayr 46 - 33 Stirling County: Tries and yellow cards aplenty

Ayr emerged victorious from a 12-try spectacular in which both sides claimed try bonus points indicating how both were prepared to attack.

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.

Pete McCallum thundered over for a try. Picture: Colin Renton/SNS

Currie Chieftains 15 - 24 Ayr: Chieftains taste first defeat

BT Premiership champions Ayr clicked into gear to boost their title defence and inflict a first defeat of the campaign on Currie Chieftains whose second half fightback was not sufficient to take anything from the game.

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.

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.

The late Stephen Begley in action for Watsonians against Gala in 2003. Picture: Andrew Stuart

Hawks win a fitting tribute to stalwart Stephen Begley

They did not know they were doing so at the time, but the current crop of Glasgow Hawks players paid an excellent tribute to former club stalwart Stephen Begley with this fine performance and thoroughly deserved victory over last year’s champions.

Hawks winger Kyle Rowe

Ayr 18 - 28 Glasgow Hawks: Champions defeated

A fine disregard for reputations was on display on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Millbrae as a precocious Glasgow Hawks side secured their club’s first victory in South Ayrshire since December 2005 by beating their esteemed hosts at their own game.

Ayr's Tommy Spinks attempts to hold off Boroughmuir's Johnny Matthews. 
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Ayr snatch late victory over Boroughmuir with last-gasp kick

Two sides with aspirations of challenging for BT Premiership honours served up an intense encounter that went to the wire before the title holders snatched victory with a last-minute drop goal.

Ayr's Tommy Spinks tries to escape the clutches of Muir's Johnny Matthews. 
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Boroughmuir 28 - 30 Ayr: Climo drop goal snatches victory

Ayr launched their defence of the BT Premiership title with a last-ditch win in a scintillating game that augurs well for the quality of entertainment in the months ahead.

Former Scotland player Ryan Grant will turn out for Ayr at Broughmuir. Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Champions Ayr welcome Ryan Grant as they travel to Boroughmuir

Loosehead prop Ryan Grant, the Scotland cap and British & Irish Lions tourist, has joined reigning BT Premiership champions Ayr as short-term cover as the season gets underway this afternoon.

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.

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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