• Rugby bliss is The Greenyards on a glorious autumn afternoon — particularly the way Melrose are playing just now.


  • Currie need a result against Stirling County next week.


  • Ayr are struggling to re-establish their customary cohesion — but they are still winning.


  • Gala are playing with a blithe spirit — and they have a deadly weapon in Craig Robertson.


  • Three out of three for Watsonians, but they rode their luck against Boroughmuir — and they will need more than luck against Hawks next week.


  • Boroughmuir came close — but pace and adventure just failed to countermand their lack of bulk.


  • They scored 53 points but Heriot’s will get better still if they play less laterally and stop allowing potentially quick ball to turn into slow non-threatening ball.


  • Hawick simply do not have a set piece — and it is difficult to see them winning a game until they develop one.


  • Professionals coming into the Premiership can help inspire ambitious club players – such as Robert Beattie, Josh Henderson and Grant Stewart of Glasgow Hawks – to really raise their game.


  • When you are up against it then it is imperative that you keep on the right side of the referee – and 13 penalties plus two yellow cards conceded by Stirling County on Saturday made a tough mission virtually impossible.


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About David Barnes 3911 Articles
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.