Scotland’s poor record continues despite improved performance – Hawick knock out Cup Holders – Lifeline for Gala

Scotland lost 27-23 to Wales at the Principality Stadium scoring two tries from Tommy Seymour and Duncan Taylor but once again had to settle for second place as their 6 Nations record of defeats continues. A dubious opening try put the Scots behind after just seven minutes but they did get their noses in front 13-10 at the interval thanks to Seymour’s touchdown and kicks from Greig Laidlaw, who had one of his best games for Scotland.  Weak defending let George North in for a try which put the Welsh two scores clear before Taylor powered in to close the gap to four points, but it was too late to prevent the loss.

Snow scuppered many rugby matches in Scotland but the BT Cup game between holders Boroughmuir and Hawick (a repeat of last year’s Cup Final) saw the Greens post a 23-14 win, chalking up their second win at Meggetland this season. Steven Anderson scored Hawick’s two tries with Neil Renwick kicking the rest. Hawick will host Melrose next Saturday in Round 3.  Langholm were the only other Borders side to play but they lost to Portobello 32-22 at Milntown in East League 2.   With Stirling losing to Premiership Champions Heriot’s, Gala now know exactly what they have to do to avoid a relegation showdown with the second placed team in National 1 at the end of the season. If they can beat Currie or draw with a try bonus, they will go past Stirling. That game agaimnsty Currie, which was snowed off a few hours before kick off, could be played on Saturday 27th February, the same day that Selkirk and Melrose are likely to play their final league match in the Premiership, another game which was a victim to the weather today.