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.

John Barclay raises the Calcutta Cup amid his jubilant players after Scotland beat England in February.''Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Russell’s floated pass was the moment of the year for many

2018 proved a topsy-turvy year but then this is Scottish rugby so you probably knew that much already. The political row around the sacking of Keith Russell as the SRU’s head of domestic rugby was undoubtedly the most depressing aspect of Scottish rugby over the past year, with the structure of checks and balances struggling to keep some of the governing body’s bigger personalities at bay. The return of the Calcutta Cup to Murrayfield’s trophy cabinet for the first time in a decade proved the highlight – and there was plenty to ponder between those two extremes.

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