It has taken six years for them to win it, but the impressive Border League Trophy is back inside the trophy cabinet at The Greenyards following a 35-7 win at Poynder Park, Kelso, against Gala last night. Melrose had won the Scottish Cup four days earlier against Ayr and this time they dipped into the Melrose Storm side to replace some of their key players following the Cup Final. Within a few minutes Melrose were 14-0 up with tries by Jason Baggott and Cammy MacKay. Baggott scored another with two others coming from Grant Runciman and Iain Moody. Baggott kicked four of the five conversions with Craig Jackson adding the other.
There was no more scoring for Melrose in the second period as Gala got rid of some of the rustiness which comes from not playing a game in two months. To their credit they managed the only score of the second half with South Africans Rob Louw and Paul Hendry linking up well to give Hendry the scoring pass. Gregor Hunter added the extras but it was mere consolation as Melrose held on to win and lift the Border League Trophy for the first time since 2011. Watch highlights here.