Melrose on fire at Netherdale to stay top

Melrose chalked up another big score as they retained their position at the top of the BT Premiership table with an impressive bonus point win against Gala at Netherdale 43-27. That brings the maximum 20 points up for them but they needed it as second placed Ayr defeated luckless Hawick 43-28 at Mansfield Park to give them 19. Hawick remain at the bottom with four straight losses but they did manage their first try bonus point of the season. Watch highlights of Gala v Melrose here. ITV Report here.

In National 1 Jedforest remain one of only two clubs unbeaten in the table with a narrow 28-17 victory on the road against Stewart’s Melville, while Selkirk bounced back from last weekend’s defeat at Dundee to win 55-24 at home to GHA.

National 2 saw wins for both Borders sides – Kelso too strong for newly-promoted GHK 37-18 while Peebles thrashed Ardrossan 53-26.  Meanwhile in Division 3 St Boswells, in their first season in the National Leagues for many years, got the better of previously unbeaten Lasswade 34-28.

In the East league Division 1 Berwick and Hawick Harlequins posted wins over Penicuik and Forrester respectively while Earlston were the only local winners at home to Liberton.