10 talking points from round 10 of the Tennent’s Premiership

Boroughmuir finally realise their potential against Chieftains; Hawick give Melrose a fright; Watsonians edge victory at Stirling County

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Blair Macpherson on the hoof for Ayr versus Edinburgh Accies ***Image: George McMillan***
  • Really miserable weather conditions at Millbrae, but, as expected, Ayr were much too strong up front for Edinburgh Accies and, after their disappointing loss to Watsonians, they got their season emphatically back on track with a comfortable bonus point win –  and managed to feed valuable game time to several of their young fringe players in the process.


  • Melrose were given a real scare by Hawick at the Greenyards and were seriously flattered by their eventual 11 point differential –  with the strength of their bench being the critical factor. It is, however, a good side that can play badly against pumped up opponents and still win – no matter how uglily.



  • Currie Chieftains were blown away by Boroughmuir in the second half at Meggetland. Losing tight-head Fraser Watt in the warm up did not help –  but Ben Cairns felt that his team paid a big price for surrendering the initiative in the opening stages of both halves. “Once you give them a sniff, they are very good on the front foot,” he reflected.



  • There was never any doubt that if Boroughmuir could collectively get their heads into gear they had the potential to damage any team in the league –  but there was a touch of irony that they came good with a sublime second half performance against Currie Chieftains at Meggetland when coach Peter Wright was down in Wales commentating. He will , however, enjoy the video –  all action stuff –  with skipper Johnny Matthews again showing what an important player he is to them.






Tennent’s Premiership round 10 match reports –

Tennent’s Premiership: Boroughmuir hit top form at last to see off Chieftains

Tennent’s Premiership: much-improved Hawick pay the penalty as Melrose prevail in the scrum

Tennent’s Premiership: Ayr back to winning ways over struggling Edinburgh Accies

Tennent’s Premiership: Watsonians get the better of close contest with County

Tennent’s Premiership: Heriot’s go third as Hawks’ indiscipline proves costly


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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 he Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.