Ayr's Tommy Spinks takes a line out. Pic: SNS/SRU/Bruce White

Ayr 38 - 17 Melrose: Unbeaten Ayr go top

Two late tries may have skewed the final result somewhat, but there is no doubt Ayr deserved to triumph in this wonderfully-entertaining Tennent’s Premiership match of the day. They now top the table, the only unbeaten side of the ten.

Scott Lawson. Pic: SNS

Melrose 50 - 7 Glasgow Hawks: Melrose hammer Hawks

Already this season’s Tennent’s Premiership is looking like a two-tier competition and yesterday’s match at the Greenyards, where a dominant and experienced Melrose side put a half century of points past Glasgow Hawks, amply confirmed this view.

Stephen Gallacher, Doddle Weir and Gavin Hastings at Leuchie House in North Berwick. My Name'5 Doddie Foundation and Leuchie House are the official charity partners of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open. Picture: Kenny Smith

Stephen Gallacher joins with Gavin Hastings to support Doddie Weir

Stephen Gallacher talked about a big run of events on the horizon and called for slow-play penalties every week. He also licked his lips at the prospect of Shinnecock Hills being a “brute” of a test in this week’s US Open. But there was no disguising what he enjoyed speaking about most during his visit to Leuchie House, near North Berwick.

Retiring South Africa winger Bryan Habana. Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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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