Stuart Hogg admits he almost burnt bridges with Gregor Townsend

Stuart Hogg has credited 
Gregor Townsend for helping
him shed his “class clown” image as he prepares to captain Scotland for the first time.

Full-back Stuart Hogg will captain Scotland against the USA in Houston. Picture: David Gibson/Fotosport

How maturing Stuart Hogg won the trust of Gregor Townsend

The selection of Stuart Hogg as Scotland captain for the first time is a testament to how much the Glasgow full-back has matured over the past few seasons, Gregor Townsend said yesterday after naming his team to play the United States here in 
Houston on Saturday.

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Watsonians' Mike Fedo scored a try in the final. Picture: SNS

Watsonians beat Heriot’s to clinch Hawick Sevens

Watsonians made it two from two on successive Saturdays by winning the Hawick Sevens yesterday, a week after they triumphed at Melrose. They defeated Heriot’s in the final at Mansfield Park, extending their lead in the Kings of the Sevens competition in the process.

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Player-coach Peter Jericevich was delighted with his team's performance

Stirling earn first cup final place with eight-try destruction of Hawick

There was no disguising Peter Jericevich’s sense of anticipation for County’s first BT Cup final appearance after his side demolished Hawick with eight tries.

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Christ Fusaro scores Stirling County's fifth try against Hawick. Picture: SNS.

Niko Matawalu and Chris Fusaro inspire Stirling’s rout of Hawick

Stirling County booked their place in the BT Cup final with a spirited display that saw them rout Hawick in style.

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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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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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.

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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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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John Hardie was taken to a plastic surgeon at St John's Hospital in Livingston. File picture: SNS Group/SRU

John Hardie needed surgery after injury on playing return with Hawick

John Hardie lasted less than 15 minutes on his return to action after serving a three-month suspension for “gross misconduct” after sustaining an injury that required surgery.

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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Lee Armstrong's conversion helped give Hawick a half-time lead. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Hawick 14 - 12 Glasgow Hawks: Last-gasp victory for Greens

Hawick played their now familiar card of scoring in injury time to achieve a vital win over Glasgow Hawks that hoists the Greens into a safer zone in the table.

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Heriot's player Michael Maltman was shown a red card close to half-time. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Hawick 24 - 23 Heriot’s: Borderers secure narrow victory

Hawick avenged a crushing defeat early in the season at Goldenacre in a dramatic game at Mansfield Park where Heriot’s flanker Michael Maltman was red-carded close to half-time and the hosts scored the winning points with the last kick of the game.

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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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Hawick's Bruce McNeill. Picture: Graham Stuart/SNS/SRU

Marr 17-29 Hawick: Greens resist late fightback

Marr were here reminded of one of the eternal truths of Scottish rugby – you cannot give a Hawick team 17 points of a start, and expect to win. Trailing by that margin at the end of the first quarter, the hosts took until the 50th minute to score – by which time the Greens had extended their lead, but, for all their fire and fury over the remaining minutes, Marr had left themselves too big a mountain to climb.

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Darcy Graham will make his Edinburgh debut after impressing for the Scotland sevens side in Dubai. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Winger Darcy Graham to make Edinburgh debut v London Irish

Promising young wing Darcy Graham will make his Edinburgh debut in Saturday night’s European Challenge Cup clash with London Irish at Myreside.

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Ali Weir

Hawick 36 - 17 Stirling County: Hawick finally win

Hawick achieved their first BT Premiership win of the season after scoring five tries against Stirling County with a performance that exuded a new-found confidence.

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