Gala Relegated – Bill McLaren Shield won by Melrose – Hawick Quins lift Borders Shield
Saturday, February 11th, 2017
Gala have been relegated from the BT Premiership. They needed at least a bonus point against Hawick to keep their hopes alive in the top flight of club rugby, but a late converted try by Kyle Brunton (the only touchdown of the match) saw a three point deficit become 10 and although mathematically there is still hope for Gala (they would need to beat Boroughmuir by a ridiculous amount of points, which won’t happen) the club has accepted they will be playing National League rugby next season. Highlights here. In the other Premiership match with local interest, Melrose snatched the Bill McLaren Shield from Heriot’s in a low scoring game which they won 8-5, Grant Runciman getting the decisive try for the Black and Yellows.
NL1, 2 and 3 games involving Jedforest, Kelso and St Boswells were postponed due to waterlogged pitches, but Selkirk beat Aberdeen Grammar 18-9 with three well-taken scores in Division 1, Peebles got a win on the road at West of Scotland in Division 2. View the Selkirk v Aberdeen match here.
In other matches Hawick Harlequins were too strong for Berwick and lift the Borders Shield while there were wins for Langholm and Gala YM.