Scotland beat Argentina while Gala, Hawick and Jedforest progress in BT Cup

Former Jedforest player Greig Laidlaw kicked Scotland to their fifth win out of six against Argentina at BT Murrayfield with a stoppage time winning penalty. The 19-16 win was just the tonic after the one point loss to Australia seven days earlier. Stuart Hogg and Ross Ford from the region were both involved in the win as Scotland builds towards the RBC 6 Nations in February and March.  Before that they face one final autumn test against Georgia at Kilmarnock next Saturday.

Meanwhile in the BT Cup Round 2, three Borders sides progressed with wins. Gala were too strong for GHA on the road, taking the game 31-14 at Braidholm, while Jedforest overcame a scare at the end to beat Falkirk 34-27 with Hawick clinical against Marr 31-6.  Selkirk lost at Watsonians while Peebles went down at home to Edinburgh Accies.  In the Booker Border League Melrose beat Kelso 50-5 while in the Borders Shield Duns won at Earlston and Hawick Harlequins took the scalp of Langholm on the road.

Clark Laidlaw, former Jedforest skipper and Scotland 7s player, has been signed by New Zealand’s 7s team to become Head Coach, taking over from the legend that is Gordon Teitjens after 22 years in the job. This is a huge appointment for the cousin of Scotland’s captain Greig.