8 things to take away from round 1 of the BT Premiership

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  • Melrose laid down an early marker when they put Watsonians to the sword in an eight try extravaganza at the Greenyards – an impressive all round performance with Grant Runciman leading from the front.
  • Eleven new names on the playing roster and forced into forfeiting home advantage by Old Anniesland’s mysterious sink-hole, Glasgow Hawks have to be well satisfied with their opening bonus point win against Marr, and by the sterling play of talented recruits Jake Eaglesham and Sam Yawayawa – but Finn Gillies is a difficult man to please, and next Saturday’s challenging trip to Millbrae looms heavily on his mind.
  • Currie Chieftains came out of the blocks hard at Mansfield – and had the bonus point in the bank by half time. Their young guns have skill, pace, style and spirit aplenty – resilience is now what they are looking for.
  • Sloppy defence saw Stirling County ship 22 points in the first half at Goldenacre – but they battened down the hatches and restricted Heriots to a solitary penalty in the second half, to earn a bonus point win which they just about deserved.
  • South Edinburgh has not been a happy hunting ground for Ayr of late – so they will be relieved simply to escape with a bonus point win from what was, for them, a disappointingly muted performance at Meggetland – rescued by an injury time drop-goal from the talismanic Frazier Climo. A class act if ever there was one!
  • The big noisy home crowd enjoyed a rip-roaring show from Boroughmuir – spirited stuff blighted only by a crucial loss of composure just when they appeared to have spiked Ayr’s guns yet again. Given the injury issues they encountered during the course of the match – they ended up with a hooker at inside centre and a flanker on the wing – they should not be too hard on themselves. More afternoons like this and Meggetland will soon be buzzing again as of old.
  • Heriot’s stuttered through their opening home fixture against Stirling. Their set piece was not great and their play lacked its usual direction – but it was, nevertheless, a game they could have won.
  • With seven debutants, cohesion was always going to be a problem for Watsonians in a tough starter against Melrose at the Greenyards – but their cause was lost without serious examination when they picked up two needless yellow cards in the first twenty minutes.

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David Barnes
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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Herald/Sunday Herald, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.