It was another interesting weekend of Club rugby around Scotland. Ayr and Melrose stay top of the Tennent’s Premiership table but had to fight very hard to get the win they needed, Marr keep their place on top of the National League Division 1 after beating Jed-Forest as all the Clubs leading their Division’s table managed to get a win.
In a high-quality drama at Bridgehaugh Park, Ayr, who were 10 points behind with four minutes left to play, managed to score two tries in the dying minutes of the game to beat Stirling County (25-27) – the hosts had been in front for almost 80 minutes.
That hard-fought win leaves Ayr at the top of the table just one point clear of Melrose – who edged Watsonians at The Greenyards (29-24 the score). Heriot’s beat Edinburgh Accies at Goldenacre (31-5, 12th defeat in a row for the Accies) to go third, overtaking Currie Chieftains who got beaten at Mansfield by Hawick (9-3).
Currie now sit fourth, occupying the last playoff spot – just one point ahead of Watsonians. Boroughmuir beat Glasgow Hawks at Meggetland (29-12) and are now six points behind Currie Chieftains, keeping their quest for a playoff spot alive.
National League Division 1
Marr edged Jed-Forest (26-23) to stay top of the table, but GHA beat Dundee (33-3) and kept themselves within two points of the league leaders. Musselburgh got beaten 47-28 by Aberdeen Grammar and Selkirk took advantage of their defeat to go level on points with them and Jed-Forest, but still sitting fifth due to their a worse point-difference.
Elsewhere, Gala (37-12 against Cartha Queens Park) and Kelso (22-10 against Kirkcaldy) made the home advantage count.
National League Division 2
Biggar and Highland continue their head-to-head at the top of the table after beating (respectively) Stew Mel away (0-31 the score) and Falkirk (32-14) at home. Peebles comfortably saw off Lasswade (34-7) while Preston Lodge managed to get a win at GHK with a penalty try in the last play of the game (20-25).
Howe of Fife do not sit bottom of the table anymore, having overtaken Lasswade after beating Whitecraigs at home (36-22) to get their second win of the season. Dumfries beat Glasgow Academicals 27-14 to move sixth.
National League Division 3
Two matches had been called off due to waterlogged pitch, Murrayfield Wanderers-West of Scotland and St Boswells-Gordonians, so Newton Stewart could move temporarily on top of the table after beating Haddington 55-10 at home.
Orkney beat Perthshire (21-15) in a game played at 12pm, while Ardrossan (36-14 v Caithness) and Carrick (29-22 v Hillhead-Jordanhill) won their home games to stay, respectively, fourth and fifth in the table.