Talking points from this week’s BT Premiership action (6th January 2018)

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  • Huge disappointment for Melrose at the Greenyards – bullied out of it by their persistent and obdurate nemesis. They are, however, still a very special sort of team – who lost the battle to Ayr – but who are still favourite to win the war – though their odds have perceptively lengthened.

 

  • Currie Chieftains are maybe hitting their straps at just the right time. Having battled hard to beat Ayr at Millbrae last time out, they turned on the style against Boroughmuir – and must surely await Melrose this coming Saturday with an assured glow.

 

 

  • Ayr did what they needed to do against Melrose – and they did it well – despite two yellow-cards and an injury to Pete McCallum. Tight game-plan – constantly in the opposition’s faces – dominant set-piece – oppressive driving maul – offensive defence – playing for the full 80 minutes. Ayr rugby old style!

 

  • “First class” was Stevie Lawrie’s assessment as Watsonians hammered Marr by ten tries to one – laying down a marker for their crucial derby match at Goldenacre next week. Presumably Heriots will present a much more robust challenge – but you can only beat what is in put down in front of you – and on Saturday they did that in spades!

 

  • Another very difficult afternoon for Boroughmuir at Malleny – compounded by the result at Mansfield. Colin Renton hit the nail on the head in his match report: “Boroughmuir have plenty of spirit and no little skill and this was another gutsy performance. However, the league table does not lie and they desperately need to start winning” – and it has to be next week at Marr!

 



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