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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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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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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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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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Heriot's coach Phil Smith felt his side were deserved winners. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Cool Heriot’s leave it late to seal victory over Ayr

Heriot’s kept their composure for once to negotiate a wind-spoiled game better than Ayr and keep alive their hopes of a Premiership play-off place.

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The Heriot's captain Jack Turley runs through to touch down but on this occasion the try was disallowed for a forward pass. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Heriot’s 13 - 10 Ayr: Heriot’s leave it late to keep play-off hopes

Heriot’s needed a late penalty try to stay in contention for a Premiership play-off place but ultimately they were deserving winners over stubborn Ayr.

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Rory Hutton touches down to put Watsonians ahead during a topsy-turvey first half yesterday. Photograph: Graham Stuart/SNS

Heriot’s 17 - 46 Watsonians: Myreside men progress

Watsonians continued their climb up the BT Premiership table, leapfrogging yesterday’s opponents to occupy a play-off berth after taking all five points from a match that was played at a furious intensity. While Heriot’s contributed to their own downfall with a string of errors, the result was further evidence of the progress the Myreside outfit has made since Steve Lawrie assumed coaching responsibilities.

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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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Adam Sinclair crashes over for a try for Heriot's against Hawks. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Heriot’s 31-22 Glasgow Hawks: Heriot’s move up to second

Heriot’s are now second in the BT Premiership after a bonus-point win over Glasgow Hawks at Goldenacre yesterday.

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Jack Turley scored an early try for Heriot's. Picture: Andrew O'Brien.

Heriot’s defence the foundation for victory over Marr

Marr’s game plan kept them in contention until the final quarter but there was a degree of inevitability about the way Heriot’s closed out the game and racked up maximum points and five tries.

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Jack Turley scored the first try for Heriot's

Heriot’s 33-10 Marr: Five try revenge sweet for Heriot’s

Heriot’s slipped up against Premiership newcomers Marr in the first half of the season but made no mistake in grabbing maximum points at the second time of asking.

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Heriots' Rory Carmichael in action. Picture: SNS

Stirling County 5 - 33 Heriot’s: Capital club exact revenge

They say revenge is a dish best served cold and there was certainly a nip in the air as Heriot’s made amends for their defeat at home to Stirling on the opening day of the league season.

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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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Jack Turley scored a hat-trick but it wasn't enough to overcome Melrose. Picture: SNS.

Unstoppable Melrose maintain perfect record against Heriot’s

Melrose march on with a perfect record in the Premiership – eight straight bonus -point wins.

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Ross Jones opened the scoring for Heriot's with a penalty. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Heriot’s 29 - 49 Melrose: Visitors hit the heights

Melrose maintained their momentum in the BT Premiership by defeating Heriot’s at Goldenacre to continue an unprecedented record of bonus point wins in each of the championship matches thus far.

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Frazier Climo scored two tries for Ayr. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS

Ayr 41 - 17 Heriot’s: Ayr show their class

With their “piano-shifters” up front in near-total control, the Ayr backs made some sweet music in this five tries to two home win.

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