• Frazier Climo exuded class at Netherdale, but the top of the table is going to end up tight, and might very well be decided on points differential – so Ayr could come to regret losing the second half by 14 points to 21.



  • Heriots went to Mansfield looking to put some daylight between themselves and Currie in the race for the fourth play off spot, but they were out-thought and out-fought, and singularly failed to capitalise on their physical advantages.





  • Well played Boroughmuir! Front five dominated the set piece .They focused on the basics with Chris Laidlaw orchestrating their game intelligently – and they had Jordan Edmonds on the wing! Flash in the pan or fresh dawn?


  • Another anaemic start from Gala. Ayr had the bonus point in the bag within twenty minutes. The referee did not help with Gregor Hunter’s nonsensical yellow card – how many stand-offs know enough to deliberately bring down a driving maul? Encouraging signs of spirit and endeavour from the Maroons in the second half – which will need to be well nourished if they are to survive.


  • Mark Twain was right: ‘It is not the size of the dog in the fight; it is the size of the fight in the dog.’ Hawick wrenched a crucial two points from Heriots. Still bottom of the table – but crunch time comes at home to Gala on 11th February – by which time Rory Hutton should be fully match fit.


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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 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.