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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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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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Michael Brown of Boroughmuir. Picture: Neil Hanna

Glasgow Hawks 0 - 27 Boroughmuir: Muir survive with win

Boroughmuir live to fight another season in the BT Premiership after securing a bonus-point win over Glasgow Hawks.

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Stand-off Chris Laidlaw looks to spark a Boroughmuir attack. Picture: Ian Rutherford.

Watsonians storm back in second half to defeat Boroughmuir

Boroughmuir built themselves a game-winning platform by half-time but then were muscled out of it as Watsonians got up to full power with a hat-trick of tries to leave the hosts hanging on to protect a vital losing bonus point, writes William Paul.

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Rory Hutton. Picture: Neil Hanna

Watsonians 29 - 24 Boroughmuir: Sonians’ late surge wins semi-final slot

Watsonians advanced to the last four of the BT Cup when they posted a dramatic victory over a battling Boroughmuir side that had showed plenty of character to square matters.

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Boroughmuir coach Peter Wright is pleased theat their fate is now in their own hands. Picture: Greg Macvean.

League safety beckons for Boroughmuir after defeat of Stirling

Boroughmuir coach Peter Wright emerged from the dressing room after his players dismantled a bewildered, tactically poor Stirling, relishing the knowledge that victory had earned them a shot at survival in the Premiership with three games left to play.

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Boroughmuir's Johnny Matthews. Picture: Graham Stuart/SNS/SRU

Boroughmuir 47 - 5 Stirling: Muir demolish County

Boroughmuir more than halved the eight-point difference between the teams to keep their hopes of escaping the relegation zone alive with only three Premiership games left to play.

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John Hardie's return from suspension lasted just 13 minutes, before he was forced off with a lip gash. Picture: SNS/SRU

Hawick 27 - 20 Boroughmuir: Greens take safety step with victory

Hawick eased themselves further into the safety zone of the BT Premiership after achieving their third successive championship win this year with a characterful victory over fellow relegation-threatened side Boroughmuir.

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Aubrey Mncube began Boroughmuir's fightback. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Marr 12 - 20 Boroughmuir: Erskine double seals it for Muir

Determined defence and an ability to punish opponents’ errors carried Boroughmuir to victory in this basement battle.

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Robbie Nelson of Currie on the run against Boroughmuir. Picture:'' Neil Hanna

Currie Chieftains 41 - 7 Boroughmuir: Hosts keep play-off hopes alive

The Chieftains consolidated their claim to a play-off place with the summary dismissal of relegation-haunted Boroughmuir as the BT Premiership got under way in 2018.

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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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Edinburgh Rugby head coach Richard Cockerill. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Change of venue for Edinburgh v London Irish Euro clash

Edinburgh Rugby’s European Challenge Cup clash against London Irish tonight has been switched to BT Murrayfield.

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Jason Baggott'was one of the try scorers for Melrose

Boroughmuir 33 – Melrose 42: Leaders make it 11 wins on trot

Twenty points in the first 19 minutes set up Melrose for their 11th league win on the spin in this cracking clash in Edinburgh.

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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.

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Ciaran Whyte was sin-binned then scored a try. Picture: Graham Stuart/SNS

Boroughmuir 24 - 31 Glasgow Hawks: Action-packed ending

Glasgow Hawks scored two tries in the last two minutes to win this thriller against Boroughmuir at Meggetland.

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Euan Dods of Watsonians in action with Tom Brennan and Jonny Adams of Boroughmuir. Picture: Neil Hanna

Watsonians 27 - 10 Boroughmuir: Solo effort a bonus

Watsonians took all five league points with a victory over their near-neighbours in an entertaining encounter. The hosts had to fight back from conceding two early tries to take the honours and did so with a clinical edge that their opponents failed to match.

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Boroughmuir's stand-off Greg Cannie touches down for a try he then converted.  Photograph: Graham Stuart/SNS

Boroughmuir 60-18 Hawick: Poor Hawick hammered

Boroughmuir had this relegation battle wrapped up with five first-half tries and added another five without too much trouble in the second 40 minutes.

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Martin Hughes of Heriot's prepares to tackle Boroughmuir's Damien Hoyland at Goldenacre.  Photograph: Greg Macvean

Heriot’s 29 - 24 Boroughmuir: Home run goes on

Heriot’s kept their fine winning run on track with a workmanlike if unconvincing bonus-point victory over city neighbours Boroughmuir.

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