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BT Premiership closing stages: A guide as things begin to really hot up

BT Premiership closing stages: A guide as things begin to really hot up

With all of the 6 Nations action at the weekend, club rugby went under the radar a bit, but there were some crucial matches in the BT Premiership.

So, ahead of the final three matches of the regular season this coming Saturday what has been decided and what is still to play for?

Top four

After Ayr dogged out a 27-17 victory at Watsonians in dreadful conditions at Myreside on Saturday the top four play-off spots were confirmed.

Melrose, who played earlier in the same day and defeated Stirling County 20-7, have topped the table on 73 points (with one game left) and will take on fourth placed Watsonians (57 points) in the semi-finals at The Greenyards on March 24.

The same day second placed Currie Chieftains (64 points) will host Ayr (61 points) at Malleny Park.

The final will be on April 7 at the home ground of the highest ranked team, so either The Greenyards, Malleny Park or Millbrae.


Heriot’s (52 points) will finish fifth and, after a closing win against Boroughmuir 33-31 on Friday night, were left to rue what might have been.

Stirling County (35 points with a match left) are likely to finish in sixth, could be overtaken, but are safe.

Relegation and the relegation play-off spot

Who finishes ninth and 10th is still all to play for this Saturday.

Marr are currently 10th on 24 points and need to secure a bonus point win over Stirling County and hope that Hawick lose to Melrose if they are to have any hope of finishing second bottom.

Hawick (29 points) are currently in the relegation play-off spot – the team who will play the second top finishers in the BT National League Division One – and Boroughmuir or Glasgow Hawks could yet finish ninth.

They are in seventh and eighth respectively on 30 points and meet in Glasgow at the weekend.

Who is likely to come up?

With five regular season fixtures left in the second tier Edinburgh Accies lead the way from Jed-Forest with 84 points playing 79.

The sides meet this coming Saturday.

What’s to come in the BT Premiership?

March 17

Marr v Stirling County (3pm)

Glasgow Hawks v Boroughmuir (3pm)

Hawick v Melrose (3pm)

March 24

Melrose v Watsonians (3pm, play-off semi-final)

Currie Chieftains v Ayr (3pm, play-off semi-final)

April 7

Winner of semi one v Winner of semi two (3pm, play-off final at venue TBC)

April 21

Ninth place in BT Premiership v second in BT National League Division One (3pm, relegation play-off match at venue TBC)

Melrose are pictured playing Stirling County on Saturday by Bryan Robertson

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