Melrose chalked up an eighth consecutive bonus point at Heriot’s to reach 40 points – a feat which has never been done before in the BT Premiership. Their 47-29 win against the Goldenacre outfit puts them a massive 12 points clear at the top of the table with Ayr in second. Fraser Thomson scored another brace of tries with Jason Baggott, Ruairidh Knott, Sam Pecqueur, Ally Miller and a Penalty Try accounting for the others. With a home game against winless Hawick at the Greenyards next week Melrose are on course for a maximum 45 points at the halfway stage, but of course, because of the format of the BT Premiership these days, the team could go through the whole card unbeaten, collecting 90 points and still wouldn’t be crowned champions! All it would achieve would be a home semi final tie in the play-offs which will follow, and in a one-off knockout match against a fourth placed team who could be many points behind them, anything could happen. Of course you won’t hear anyone complaining publicly about the situation as these are the competition rules, but there still seems no logical reason why a play-off system for a top tier competition is needed. Even in the world of professional football you won’t find the top tier (Premiership) having play-offs at the end of the season.
Hawick went into the break against Ayr 14-7 up in their first match under new head coach George Graham, but despite an improved performance The Greens ended up on the losing side again 19-32. Watch TV report here.
In the BT National League 1 Gala and Selkirk both lost on the road. Selkirk went down 15-27 at table-toppers Edinburgh Accies while Gala succumbed to an impressive re-vitalised GHA side who won 41-27. Jedforest held on to beat Dundee High 24-20 in their match which keeps them second, while Kelso beat Cartha QP 31-29 in a game which ended up tighter than expected, after Kelso were 17-0 up in just 12 minutes. Watch highlights here.
Peebles won their NL2 game at Dumfries 33-12 while St Boswells move into fourth spot with a convincing 43-17 over Highland.
In the East Leagues,Berwick, Duns and Hawick Harlequins all won away from home while Earlston lost at home to Penicuik. In the only derby of the day Hawick Linden beat Gala YM 56-5.