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Scotland fall at the first – Selkirk and Jedforest comfortably through in BT Cup

Scotland have lost 9-15 at home to England in the opening round of the RBS 6 Nations and the harsh reality is they also gave up the Calcutta Cup, the Triple Crown and a Grand Slam. By not scoring a try at BT Murrayfield against England once again, it is now 504 minutes since they crossed the whitewash at home against England, and it was the seventh consecutive home defeat in the Championship, which equals an unwanted record dating back to the 1950s when it was a Five Nations tournament.  Three Greig Laidlaw penalties kept the Scots in what was an exciting game but their inability to once again fail to break down the England defence was disappointing.

In club rugby Selkirk demolished Musselburgh 47-7 in the BT Cup Round 2 at Philiphaugh (watch highlights here) with Jedforest also progressing on Friday night with a 33-10 win at Preston Lodge.  Melrose lost 17-29 at home to Currie in the Premiership and now have to beat Selkirk next Saturday to make the Play-offs. It wasn’t the way Graeme Dodds wanted to mark his 300th appearance for the club. The Booker Border League saw Hawick beat Peebles 17-8 at The Gytes while the Borders Shield Semi Final was cancelled, with Langholm conceding the game to Duns, who will now go straight to the Final to face St Boswells at home without having played a game.