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.

Melrose's Craig Jackson converts a penalty.

The scoreline, too, had implications for Heriot’s. A last minute penalty goal by Ross Jones gave the Goldenacre side a bonus point which gives them a slim chance of finishing in the top four, albeit with reliance on either Ayr or Watsonians faltering.

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Melrose created numerous chances in the first half but botched at least three prime scoring opportunities in sight of the Heriot’s line. As a result they led by only 14-0 at half time from a try by Murdo McAndrew, converted by Craig Jackson, and a penalty try, both through set-piece dominance.

Another try from a driven line-out, this time by Russell Anderson, and the conversion by Jackson put Melrose in a commanding position, only for Heriot’s to suddenly find their mojo, producing tries for prop Martin Bouab and Jack McLean. Both tries were converted by Jones, who then threw his side a lifeline with his touchline goal kick.