• Melrose have got the balance spot-on between controlling the game at the pit-face with their powerful pack and cutting loose with that exciting back-line.


  • Alex Hagart is hitting a bit of form for Heriot’s, meaning that they can expect to have a steady hand on the tiller as they belatedly set about mounting their title defence.


  • A very young Currie team have kept their belief during a difficult start to the season – and will be a much tougher proposition from now on thanks to that experience.


  • Despite living off scraps, Boroughmuir have the attacking ambition and the guts to pick up bonus points against the big boys – but will that be enough?


  • Glasgow Hawks can be serious contenders in this league, as long as they can keep careless errors to a minimum.


  • Rugby is a lot easier when you have fifteen men on the park, as Watsonians learned the hard way on Saturday.


  • Winning is a habit and Stirling County need to develop some composure to get into that groove.


  • Gala are still a work in progress but coach Chris Dalgleish expects his new look team to learn quickly.


  • Hawick simply must win at home against Boroughmuir next Saturday.


  • Finn Russell is back and he’s lost none of his swagger, but Frazier Climo can play a bit, too, and he will feel he has a point to prove when he recovers the Ayr number ten jersey for this weekend’s huge (perhaps season-defining) clash at home to Melrose.


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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.