Henry Pyrgos: Flying high in scrum-half snakes and ladders. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Allan Massie: High kick to the middle may not be so left-field

‘I’ve never seen a Garryowen from your own 22,” someone at Philiphaugh remarked to me last Saturday as we watched an intermittently lively Selkirk beat a Kelso team who had the greater share of possession, but couldn’t really be said to have enjoyed it. The comment rather surprised me because these days it’s quite usual to see the ball booted from the 22 into the midfield rather than into touch. And I suppose the high kick down the middle may be correctly regarded as a Garryowen.

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The play of Scotland stand-off Finn Russell is reminiscent of illustrious predecessors Gregor Townsend and John Rutherford. Picture: SNS

Allan Massie: Finn Russell raises my hopes for Scotland

Unquenched by experience, hope springs eternal in the Scottish rugby supporter’s breast. It has had to. Things would have been intolerable otherwise in the long winter we have lived through since that joyous day in Paris when Scotland ran riot against France and won the last Five Nations title.That was in 1999, when Zander Fagerson wasn’t yet in primary school, and when, for all I know, Finn Russell had not yet handled a rugby ball.

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Joe helps was a key man for Melrose

Melrose make it two sevens in a row

Melrose secured their second Kings of the Sevens title in the space of seven days after triumphing at Selkirk yesterday with a 38-17 win over Watsonians in a physical final, writes Alan Lorimer at Philiphaugh.

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Selkirk 12 – 31 Melrose

Melrose warmed up for their BT Cup semi-final and Premiership play-off double-header against Ayr with a comfortable win in their final home league game of the season, writes Atholl Innes at Philiphaugh.

John Rutherford in his garden in Selkirk with his dog Leo. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Interview: John Rutherford’s Calcutta Cup Memories

Today’s Six Nations stars train every day and skip the post-match banquet, whereas the players of yesteryear were involved in rather less build-up and a good bit more wind-down – and oh how we chortle at those tales of aftershave-quaffing and the oldest trophy being used as a ball. But the yarns can do a disservice to guys like Scotland’s John Rutherford, who was devoted to his sport, otherwise how could he have become the best stand-off in the world?

Peter Wright: Keen to stay. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Glasgow Hawks victory sends Selkirk down

Glasgow Hawks scored five tries to collect a bonus point and maintain a challenge for a Premiership play-off place while, at the same time, sending Selkirk sliding back into the national league in trying conditions at Philiphaugh, writes Atholl Innes.

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Lee Armstrong made a whirlwind start for Hawick with a try, conversion and penalty. Picture:

Hawick 35-Selkirk 18: Bonus-point win for Greens

Hawick achieved the five championship points they had targeted after running in four tries against Selkirk in yesterday’s BT Premiership match switched from an unplayable Mansfield Park to Philiphaugh, writes Alan Lorimer.

The late Jim Inglis, a Selkirk stalwart capped once for Scotland, pictured last year at Philiphaugh between John Rutherford, left, and Andrew Renwick. Picture: Stuart Cobley

Allan Massie: Clubs depend on likes of Jim Inglis

Jim Inglis, known since his now long distant playing days as “Basher”, was one of the best liked and most admired stalwarts of Borders rugby. Along with his wife Mary, he received the SRU’s Spirit of Rugby award last year; and there can’t have been a dissenting voice in the Borders or anyone who didn’t think the award thoroughly deserved. The Scotsman has already paid tribute to him in its obituary and an appreciation, but there are a 
couple of things I would like to add.

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