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Allan Massie: Super 6 ticked boxes but it’s an opportunity missed

Response to this week’s news about the SRU’s “Super 6” must surely be “we’ll have to wait and see”. No doubt the members of the panel, chaired by Sir Bill Gammell, who had the task of assessing the twelve bidding clubs, and selecting the Six that will set sail on the uncharted ocean of officially approved semi-pro rugby, will have adhered scrupulously to the criteria they were handed. Nevertheless, it seems wrong – even ridiculous – that three of the “chosen six” are Edinburgh clubs, that there is no Glasgow one, and that Stirling County is the most northerly club selected. For years we have bewailed the narrow base of Scottish rugby. Now Ayr is to be the only Super 6 club more than a drive and a chip from Murrayfield. This is a weird way to grow the game.

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SRU chief executive Mark Dodson at the Super 6 press conference. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS/SRU

Three Edinburgh clubs in Super 6 breaks SRU’s own guidelines

The Scottish Rugby Union ignored its own compliance guidelines when it awarded three of its Super 6 franchises to clubs in Edinburgh, The Scotsman has learned.

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Glasgow Hawks, in action against Marr in the BT Premiership this season, have missed out on a place in the Super 6. Picture: SNS/SRU

Hawks face uncertain future as Glasgow misses out on Super 6

The winning bids may now be known but lots of questions remain over what impact, positive or negative, the watershed creation of the Super 6 will have on the landscape of Scottish rugby.

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Melrose captain Grant Runciman kisses the BT Premiership trophy following his side's victory over Ayr. Picture: SNS/SRU

Melrose 16 - 13 Ayr: Borderers win ugly to clinch title

Melrose were crowned BT Premiership champions after a hard-earned but well-crafted victory in the play-off final that keeps them on track for the league and cup double.

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Full time at Greenyards leaves Melrose as BT Premiership champions. Picture: SNS/Graeme Stuart

Melrose 16 - 13 Ayr: Melrose emerge victorious in play-off final

Melrose finished off a near-perfect Premiership season with a scrappy, hard-earned victory over defending champions Ayr in the play-off final.

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Currie Chieftains and Ayr, seen here in action in a BT Premiership semi-final clash earlier this month, have both applied. Picture: SNS Group

SRU receives 12 applications for Super 6 franchises

The SRU has received 12 applications from clubs to form franchises in the new part-time professional Super 6 league which is due to launch in the 2019/20 season.

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Currie's Hamish Bain takes on Blair Macpherson of Ayr during the west of Scotland side's 24-21 victory yesterday. Picture: SNS.

Morale high as Ayr find top form at perfect time

Any notion that the BT Premiership title is Melrose’s for the asking was surely dispelled by Ayr’s victory in this ferocious contest on Saturday.

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Ayr's Robin Hislop goes over for Ayr's first try. SNS/Bruce White

Currie 21 - 24 Ayr: Second half makes all the difference

Ayr will not give up their title easily. There were times earlier in the season when even a place in the play-offs was in jeopardy, and times in this Premiership semi-final when they were just clinging on. But they got there in the end, and travel to the Greenyards for the final in two weeks with their morale as high as it has been since the memorable day last spring when they were crowned champions at that very venue.

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Watsonians v Ayr at Myreside. Picture: Alistair Linford

Watsonians 17 - 27 Ayr: Victory clinches third place

Ayr defeated Watsonians 27-17 to clinch third place in the BT Premiership and a play-off semi-final away to Currie. Sonians finish fourth in the table and will be on the road to Melrose in their last four clash.

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Currie Chieftains 20 - 24 Marr: Marr keep survival hopes alive

A cracking first half performance from Marr earned them this win over Currie Chieftains and kept their slim chances of avoiding relegation alive.

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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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Stirling's Johnny Hope converts a penalty

Stirling County 32 - 8 Glasgow Hawks: Stirling good value for victory

County president John Wright flagged up in his match programme notes that this was likely to be a nail-biter in the battle for BT Premiership survival.

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Melrose's Craig Jackson converts a penalty.

Melrose 24 - 17 Heriot’s: Melrose squeeze past Heriot’s

Melrose put any residual effects of their January jitters behind them by defeating Heriot’s to guarantee a home final in the play-offs if the Greenyards men win their semi.

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Heriot's coach Phil Smith felt his side were deserved winners. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Cool Heriot’s leave it late to seal victory over Ayr

Heriot’s kept their composure for once to negotiate a wind-spoiled game better than Ayr and keep alive their hopes of a Premiership play-off place.

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The Heriot's captain Jack Turley runs through to touch down but on this occasion the try was disallowed for a forward pass. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Heriot’s 13 - 10 Ayr: Heriot’s leave it late to keep play-off hopes

Heriot’s needed a late penalty try to stay in contention for a Premiership play-off place but ultimately they were deserving winners over stubborn Ayr.

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Ayr's  David Armstrong. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Ayr 33 - 22 Marr: Derby honours go to Ayr

Ayr, without hitting their straps, won this strange Ayrshire derby by five tries to four, to climb above the idle Currie into second place in the BT Premiership. But, the victory was by no means clearcut in a helter-skelter, and at times scrappy, battle.

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Scott Lyle's kicking and late try were crucial to Ayr's victory. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Stirling County 16 - 25 Ayr: Scott Lyle in dominant mood

These are curious times at Stirling, with an improved side apparently incapable of seeing out matches from winning positions.

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Melrose stand-off Jason Baggot, left, tries to shake off a tackle during the Borderers' defeat by Ayr at The Greenyards on Saturday.

Ayr bring Melrose back down to earth

Melrose were given a stark reminder that past performances do not in themselves guarantee future returns after the runaway championship leaders’ 12-match 
winning streak was brought to an end by the title holders, 
Ayr.

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Melrose's Nyle Godsmark is tackled by Ayr's Stafford McDowall and Scott Lyle. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Melrose 12 - 20 Ayr: Champions bring Melrose’s 12-match winning run to an end

After a 12-match winning sequence in the BT Premiership, Melrose finally showed they are not invincible, succumbing to a strong Ayr team determined to remind rugby followers that they are still the reigning champions.

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Melrose are one of the leading lights in club rugby and have the most to lose if the Super Six fails. Picture: SNS/SRU

Will Super Six be the saviour or slayer of club rugby?

The year ahead promises to be an interesting one for rugby. The best two teams in world rugby will meet for the first time since 2014 and either New Zealand or England will get a huge boost one year out from the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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