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Currie determined to repel Super 6 raids on their talent

The president of Currie Chieftains has described the decision by the SRU to have three Edinburgh clubs in the Super 6 as “unfathomable”.

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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 head coach Ben Cairns. Picture: SNS/SRU

Iain Morrison: Repercussions bite for clubs left out of Super 6

This was always a project driven as much by fear of being left behind as it was by any ambition of the clubs to narrow the gap to the professional teams who are, in any comparison, over the hill and half way across the next county.

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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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Heriot’s 19 - 47 Currie: Chieftains sizzle on artificial pitch

Both head coaches agreed that this is something we could see more of in the future after Heriot’s and Currie Chieftains played out the first ever BT Premiership fixture indoors yesterday.

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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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Charlie Shiel was impressive for Currie. Picture: SNS/Graham Stuart

Stirling 12 - 35 Currie: Chieftains’ quality comes through

Currie went into this fixture as considerable favourites, given their good form which has seen them post recent wins over both Melrose and Ayr, the only two sides above them in the BT Premiership prior to this match.

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Adam Hastings scored his first try after only three minutes. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Currie fire warning as leaders Melrose are toppled

Currie outsmarted and outplayed the Premiership leaders to come away with an emphatic maximum points victory that marks them out as serious contenders for the title.

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Adam Hastings touched down twice for Currie against Melrose. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Currie 24- 15 Melrose: Adam Hastings puts on a show

The rugby pedigree of 
Glasgow pro Adam Hastings shone brightly on a dull afternoon as he scored twice in Currie’s well-deserved bonus-point victory over the league leaders who were beaten for only the second time this season.

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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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Currie's Robbie Nelson. Picture: Graham Stuart/SNS/SRU

Ayr 12 - 14 Currie: Missed kicks prove costly for home side

In the end, it came down to two missed goal kicks by Scott Lyle for the home side, but, the truth is, Currie were a long way more than two points ahead of their hosts in winning this match. Only in the set scrums were Ayr the better side and, but for a some dropped balls, the visitors might well have been out of sight by the break.

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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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Watsonian's Craig Borthwick is tackled by Stephen Ainslie. Picture: Alistair Linford

Watsonians 45 – 31 Currie: Sonians continue upward trajectory

Watsonians’ fortunes continued their upward trajectory with an impressive six tries that dented the hopes of Chieftains, who are targeting second in the table and a home play-off, but were well off the pace on this occasion.

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Currie Chieftains' stand-off Jamie Forbes is held back by Hawick's Martin Bouab.  Photograph: Alistair Linford

Currie Chieftains 32 - 24 Hawick: Chieftains made to sweat

Currie defeated a dogged Hawick team who begin the second half of the Premiership season as they ended the first – without a win to their name.

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Coach Ben Cairns said Currie's performance was 'not good enough'. Picture: SNS.

Patience a virtue as gritty Heriot’s frustrate Currie

A superb defensive effort by Heriot’s coupled with two short-range tries by their two locks set up a victory that stung Currie, even though the losing bonus point the Chieftans salvaged lifted them into second place in the Premiership table at the halfway point of the season.

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Robbie Nelson smashed into tackles in midfield. Picture: Alistair Linford

Currie Chieftains 14 - 15 Heriot’s: Hosts run out of time

Heriot’s upset the Premiership odds in the west of Edinburgh with a single point victory over third-placed Currie Chieftains.

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