29/10/16 Old Anniesland - Glasgow Glasgow Hawks v Gala Photo credit should read: © Craig Watson Craig Watson, craigwatsonpix@icloud.com 07479748060 craigwatsonphotography@hotmail.com www.craigwatson.co.uk
  • Men against boys in the second half at Meggetland as Melrose reasserted their championship credentials. A hat-trick from Ross McCann took him to 10 for the season – and joint top of the try scoring table with Kerr Gossman.


  • Even with a poor second half, Ayr avoided a potential banana skin at Malleny Park as Frazier Climo showed how important a player he is for them – and how much he has been missed in recent weeks.


  • With 25 points, George Horne was outstanding for Hawks – and versatile as well, starting at scrum half and finishing at stand off. If Finlay Gillies is genuinely concerned about his defence – he will need to address the problem vigorously  before next week’s trip to the Greenyards.


  • A bumper crowd was royally entertained before, during and after a 13 try ‘derby’ extravaganza at Goldenacre. Heriots retained the Bill McLaren Shield (two down / two to go) with some style and put some daylight between themselves and the chasing pack in the race for play-off places.


  • Currie came up short against Ayr, but they dug deep, winning the second half 21-10. Their young backs were not intimidated by the physical challenge Ayr presented.


  • ‘A bad day at the office’ for Marcus Di Rollo and Watsonians. Heriots were just too good on this occasion.


  • Stirling got their heads screwed on for the visit to Mansfield and did exactly what they needed to do, using their bench very effectively in the process.


  • Chris Dalgleish says Gala ‘never got off the bus’ at Anniesland on Saturday, yet when they did manage to win some ball their wide men threatened.


  • With survival now in the balance, Boroughmuir maybe need to focus on the key battles – and away to Srirling next week is a key battle. 


  • Physically underpowered as they are, Hawick simply cannot afford to have senior players like Lee Armstrong and Bruce McNeil picking up yellow cards.
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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.