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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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Melrose captain Grant Runciman, centre, lifts the BT Cup at Murrayfield. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Melrose machine powers past Stirling to clinch Scottish Cup

Rob Chrystie did a pretty good job of being magnanimous in victory after his team had dismantled Stirling County on Saturday to add the Scottish Cup to the BT Premiership crown they claimed three weeks ago, but there was no disguising the gulf in class between the two sides.

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Niko Matawalu, centre, congratulates try scorer Kerr Gossman during Stirling County's 51-19 semi-final win over Hawick. Picture: SNS

Stirling County inspired by class of 95 in bid to lift cup

The players of Stirling County
are embracing the opportunity to attain legendary 
status by becoming only the second team in the club’s 
history to win a piece of major silverware as they look to upset the odds in today’s 
BT Cup final against hot favourites Melrose.

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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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Jonny Hope opened the scoring with a penalty. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Marr 27 - 17 Stirling County: Victory not enough to avoid drop

Marr did what they had to: secured the bonus-point win they needed, but, with Melrose losing at Hawick, it wasn’t enough and they will go back to National League 1 next season.

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Fraser Thompson scored a try for Melrose. Picture: Neil Hanna

Melrose 18 - 7 Stirling County: Melrose earn another home win

In a match that meant little to either side in terms of the BT Premiership, Melrose had enough power to eke out yet another home win.

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Boroughmuir coach Peter Wright is pleased theat their fate is now in their own hands. Picture: Greg Macvean.

League safety beckons for Boroughmuir after defeat of Stirling

Boroughmuir coach Peter Wright emerged from the dressing room after his players dismantled a bewildered, tactically poor Stirling, relishing the knowledge that victory had earned them a shot at survival in the Premiership with three games left to play.

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Boroughmuir's Johnny Matthews. Picture: Graham Stuart/SNS/SRU

Boroughmuir 47 - 5 Stirling: Muir demolish County

Boroughmuir more than halved the eight-point difference between the teams to keep their hopes of escaping the relegation zone alive with only three Premiership games left to play.

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Charlie Shiel was impressive for Currie. Picture: SNS/Graham Stuart

Stirling 12 - 35 Currie: Chieftains’ quality comes through

Currie went into this fixture as considerable favourites, given their good form which has seen them post recent wins over both Melrose and Ayr, the only two sides above them in the BT Premiership prior to this match.

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Scott Lyle's kicking and late try were crucial to Ayr's victory. Picture: SNS/SRU.

Stirling County 16 - 25 Ayr: Scott Lyle in dominant mood

These are curious times at Stirling, with an improved side apparently incapable of seeing out matches from winning positions.

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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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Watsonains' Ali Harris.   Picture: Ian Rutherford

Stirling Co 26-31 Watsonians: Myreside men in late surge

There was less than a fag paper separating these sides before the start, so a close encounter always looked to be on the cards – and so it turned out.

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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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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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Kerr Gossman scored two touchdowns. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Stirling County 40 - 29 Marr: Stirling slightly superior

Stirling County continued their renaissance with a second successive win, this time over newly promoted Marr.

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Stirling's Niko Matawalu in action. Picture: Graham Stuart/SNS

Glasgow Hawks 13 - 22 Stirling County: Deserved away win

This always had the makings of an intriguing and unpredictable encounter, and so it turned out. Both these sides have been involved in high-scoring matches so far this season, so there was always the prospect of an entertaining game on the cards.

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