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Melrose book Cup Final place – Quins miss out in Shield

After a slow start, Melrose got into top gear and in the end comfortably won their BT Cup Semi Final at home to Stirling County by 48-18. Watch their tries here. They will once again face rivals Ayr, who disposed of Glasgow Hawks 28-10 to set up a mouth-watering clash on April 22nd.

In the BT Shield Semi Final Carrick once again took a Borders scalp on their way to the National Stadium, overcoming a plucky Hawick Harlequins team 43-20.

BT National 1 will this year go down to the final day, with both Marr and Edinburgh Accies recording bonus point wins against Musselburgh and Falkirk respectively. Marr will be hot favourites to win at GHA, but Accies will need a bonus point win at home to Aberdeen and hope that GHA can beat Marr by more than 7 points and stop Marr from scoring more than three tries, if they are to become champions.  Accies’ win today ensures that they will at least get a crack at the play-off match against Hawick, when the winner of that game will line-up in the BT Premiership next season.  Howe of Fife and Hamilton were relegated today following Aberdeen’s win at home to GHA.

Kelso could have been promoted today from National 2 but it was Cartha Queens Park who beat them 37-10 and ensure they will be at the NL1 table next season. With Peebles winning at Kirkcaldy they still have an outside chance of promotion. In NL3 St Boswells went down at Highland, but are still very much in contention for promotion.

In the East Leagues there were wins for Berwick, Duns and Earlston.