Melrose match winner Nyle Godsmark was a happy man after lifting the BT Cup on Saturday with a 23-18 win over Ayr.

And to make things better his twin Ryan was also winning the Belgian Cup on the same day with La Hulpe.

Centre Godsmark scored the clinching try for ‘Rose in the capital at BT Murrayfield and he said: “I’m pretty happy. It’s good to come away with the win, come away with something from the season.

“We just missed out last week [in the BT Premiership final] and were pretty gutted, but it has changed now and we’re pretty chuffed to go back to the Borders with the BT Cup.

“We kept our cool and went back to basics and got the try at the end and kept them out. We were quite chuffed that we didn’t let the way they played affect us, we stuck in and came away with the win.

“For my try it was great work by the forwards and backs to mix it up and I was just there on the receiving end to walk it in. I finished it but it was everyone else who did the hard work.”

Carrick Captain Michael Kirk was full of praise for the battling qualities his side have shown this season after they came from behind to emphatically win the BT Shield.

Having won the event in 2015/16, Carrick went into the match against Murrayfield Wanderers as slight favourites at BT Murrayfield.

However, it was the Edinburgh side who led 21-10 in this one just as half-time approached.

Carrick grabbed a crucial converted try just before the interval and they seemed to take a lot of confidence from that, dominating the second period to defend their title with a 41-28 victory.

Back-row Kirk said:  “I think we were just a bit shaky in the opening 30 minutes or so, we lost our stand-off Kyle Johnson due to injury and that re-jig in the backline took time to sort out.

“The try before half-time really helped us and at the break myself and head coach Gordon Brown just tried to tell the guys to calm down, play the rugby we know we can and the tries would come.

“Thankfully they did and this journey we are on at Carrick at the moment is very exciting with the majority of the team coming from the local area.”

Ali Bain was the hero for Portobello in the BT Bowl final, his 31st, 32nd and 33rd tries of the season seeing them lift the trophy.

Blairgowrie, cheered on by a cracking travelling support, fought back to 17-15 down early on in the second half against the Edinburgh men.

However, Portobello just had too much firepower in their impressive backline and they came out on top 33-23 to keep the trophy in the capital.

“We are hoping that we can now attract a Coach through our achievements, someone with a bit of experience,” said Portobello skipper Chris Britee-Steer.

“Our ambition is to go as high as possible. You give up your time on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to play for fun but, at the same time, you want to be as competitive as possible so the higher Porty can go the better for me.”

Thanks to Scottish Rugby/SNS for the photo of Carrick scoring

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