Melrose came flying out of the blocks to win their second trophy in a week on Wednesday night.

They lifted the Booker Border League title at Poynder Park, Kelso, with a 35-7 win over holders Gala in the final to add to their BT Cup win at BT Murrayfield on Saturday over Ayr.

Two powerful forwards’ drives by the Melrose pack set the tone for the game. From the first, Jason Baggott scored in only three minutes, and five minutes later, Cammy Mackay was at the end of a second charge, his try converted by Craig Jackson.

Gala battled hard to make an impact, but could not stem the tide and Baggott intercepted inside his own half to touch down and add his second try.

Six minutes from the interval, Grant Runciman added a fourth score and on the stroke of half-time, Iain Moody touched down from Fraser Thomson’s pass and Baggott converted both.

This gave them a 35-0 interval lead.

At that stage many were wondering just how many points Melrose would score, but the second half was a lot quieter.

Indeed, the only points came from a try Paul Hendry and a Gregor Hunter conversion for the Maroons, but this was Melrose’s night.

Thanks to Douglas Hardie for the photo

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