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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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Ross Ford has been out injured for five months. Picture: SNS

Ross Ford to wear Melrose colours in comeback from injury

Scotland hooker Ross Ford will make his return to action after five months out when he plays for Melrose in the BT Cup semi-final against Watsonians at Myreside tomorrow.

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Melrose are favourites to be awarded the Borders franchise. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Clubs ready to bid as Super Six deadline nears

The deadline for applications for a Super Six franchise is fast approaching, Saturday 31 March, one day ahead of April Fool’s, is the cut-off point. Scottish Rugby recently stated that as many as 13 separate entities had given notes of interest although not all of them will throw their hat into the ring. The winners will be announced one month later, on 1 May.

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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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Melrose's Nick Beavon in action. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker

Melrose 37 - 8 Watsonians: Melrose into final after big win

For a second successive season Melrose will contest the final of the Premiership play-offs after reaching the last stage of the competition with a sizeable win over Watsonians at the Greenyards.

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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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Allan Dell scored two tries. Picture: SNS

Hawick 38 - 3 Melrose: Home side cruise to victory

If Baltic conditions had not prevailed last night there would surely have been dancing in the streets of Hawick following the Greens’ handsome win over Melrose that secured continued membership of the BT Premiership.

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Jonny Hope opened the scoring with a penalty. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Marr 27 - 17 Stirling County: Victory not enough to avoid drop

Marr did what they had to: secured the bonus-point win they needed, but, with Melrose losing at Hawick, it wasn’t enough and they will go back to National League 1 next season.

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Fraser Thompson scored a try for Melrose. Picture: Neil Hanna

Melrose 18 - 7 Stirling County: Melrose earn another home win

In a match that meant little to either side in terms of the BT Premiership, Melrose had enough power to eke out yet another home win.

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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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Charlie Shiel

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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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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Currie's Charlie Shiel'. Picture: Greg Macvean

Glasgow Hawks 12 - 25 Currie: Chieftains rule the roost

Currie strengthened their hopes of reaching the 
BT Premiership play-offs with victory on one of the
glue-pot back pitches at Old Anniesland, while Hawks must face up to the reality of a relegation battle.

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Craig Borthwick blasts his way through the Hawick defence for the Myreside team's bonus-point try. Photograph: Scott Louden

Watsonians 59 - 5 Hawick: Sonians stay on track

The Hawick bandwagon crashed into the Myreside buffers as Watsonians chalked up an impressive win that keeps them firmly on track for a play-off spot.

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Melrose's Austin Lockington. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker

Marr 0 - 43 Melrose: Melrose cruise to victory against Marr

Marr were comprehensively mauled at home by a rampant Melrose, whose seven-tries-to-nil victory guaranteed them a home play-off semi-final at the end of the season.

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