Gala win tight BT Premiership derby – Jedforest stay top of NL1 with win at Falkirk

Last weekend Hawick won a dramatic match against Currie by a single point – this week they lost by a single point and it was at Netherdale against rivals Gala in the proverbial “eight pointer” match. The 22-21 result lifted the Maroons up a place in the table but Hawick’s losing bonus was their only consolation of the afternoon. Match highlights here. ITV Report here. Down the road at the Greenyards Melrose started well against champions Heriot’s but lost out in the end 17-21, again a losing bonus point little consolation for the team who could have gone top by the end of the afternoon as a result of Ayr beating leaders Glasgow Hawks.

In BT National 1 Jedforest tested themselves against Falkirk who were unbeaten at home and who had lost just once this season. It was close but Jed remained unbeaten themselves with a 20-13 victory to keep them on top of the table after seven games. Because they have dropped try bonus points, Marr (who lost for the only time at the start of the season against Edinburgh Accies) are just one point behind Jed (as are Accies) in a very congested top three. Selkirk snuck past an improving Stewart’s Melville 19-14 to register back-to-back wins and put themselves into the top half of the table.

In BT NL2 both Kelso and Peebles managed wins on the road. Kelso’s impressive 34-15 win at West of Scotland puts them into third while Peebles are now fourth after their 60-13 victory at whipping boys Hillhead Jordanhill.

One league below St Boswells comfortably beat Livingston 50-3 to put themselves in contention for promotion even at this early stage. They are third behind leaders Highland and Dumfries, who clashed this afternoon with Highland winning out.

East League 1 saw all three Borders sides winning – Berwick, Duns and Hawick Harlequins – while in EL2 more local success with another clean sweep for the area’s sides – Gala YM, Langholm and Hawick Linden all winning.