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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The victorious Watsonians side celebrate with the trophy after their superb win in the final against hosts Melrose on Saturday. Picture: Fotosport

Watsonians win thrilling Ladies Cup final at Melrose Sevens

Watsonians produced a devastating performance in front of a 6,000 crowd to snatch the Ladies Centenary Cup in the final of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Melrose sevens on Saturday at The Greenyards.

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Mike Fedo and  Rory Hutton of Watsonians combine to halt Ross McCann's progress. Picture: Neil Hanna

League and Cup double is on as Melrose sweep Watsonians aside

Melrose have set themselves up to play for the league and Cup double in the next few weekends as they stamp their authority all over club rugby and the Scottish game.

Murdo McAndrew of Melrose breaks clear after evading an attempted tackle by Watsonians' Mike Fedo. Picture: Neil Hanna.

Dogged Watsonians defence not enough to stop Melrose

Melrose beat Watsonians for the fourth time this season, adding a BT Cup semi-final to three league victories that went before including last week’s Premiership play-off win.

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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Ross Ford has been out injured for five months. Picture: SNS

Ross Ford to wear Melrose colours in comeback from injury

Scotland hooker Ross Ford will make his return to action after five months out when he plays for Melrose in the BT Cup semi-final against Watsonians at Myreside tomorrow.

Melrose's Nick Beavon in action. Picture: SNS/Ross Parker

Melrose 37 - 8 Watsonians: Melrose into final after big win

For a second successive season Melrose will contest the final of the Premiership play-offs after reaching the last stage of the competition with a sizeable win over Watsonians at the Greenyards.

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Watsonians v Ayr at Myreside. Picture: Alistair Linford

Watsonians 17 - 27 Ayr: Victory clinches third place

Ayr defeated Watsonians 27-17 to clinch third place in the BT Premiership and a play-off semi-final away to Currie. Sonians finish fourth in the table and will be on the road to Melrose in their last four clash.

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Jason White at launch of new charity Sporting Start. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Jason White hopes new charity can tap in to power of sport

‘Legacy” is routinely dismissed as a meaningless buzzword in modern sport. Ephemeral, often intangible, and yet its intention is noble in recognising the life-changing possibilities sport can offer.

Stand-off Chris Laidlaw looks to spark a Boroughmuir attack. Picture: Ian Rutherford.

Watsonians storm back in second half to defeat Boroughmuir

Boroughmuir built themselves a game-winning platform by half-time but then were muscled out of it as Watsonians got up to full power with a hat-trick of tries to leave the hosts hanging on to protect a vital losing bonus point, writes William Paul.

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Rory Hutton. Picture: Neil Hanna

Watsonians 29 - 24 Boroughmuir: Sonians’ late surge wins semi-final slot

Watsonians advanced to the last four of the BT Cup when they posted a dramatic victory over a battling Boroughmuir side that had showed plenty of character to square matters.

Craig Borthwick blasts his way through the Hawick defence for the Myreside team's bonus-point try. Photograph: Scott Louden

Watsonians 59 - 5 Hawick: Sonians stay on track

The Hawick bandwagon crashed into the Myreside buffers as Watsonians chalked up an impressive win that keeps them firmly on track for a play-off spot.

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Michael Fedo's hat-trick of tries helped Watsonians to a 36-0 win over Hawks. Picture: Graham Stuart/SNS/SRU

Watsonians 36 - 0 Glasgow Hawks: Fedo hat-trick fells Hawks

Watsonians continued their bid for a top four play-off spot come the end of the regular BT Premiership season with this bonus point win over Glasgow Hawks at Myreside.

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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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Watsonians' Mark Bertram scored a try against Marr.  Picture: Ian Rutherford

Watsonians 64 - 5 Marr: Capital side hit ten tries

Watsonians scored ten tries against Marr at Myreside to keep their play-off hopes alive in style.

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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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