10 THINGS WE LEARNED ABOUT THE BT PREMIERSHIP THIS WEEKEND (ROUND 9)

  • Melrose have stuttered their way to the top of the table – proof that ‘winning ugly’ beats losing with style.
  • Edinburgh’s south-side is not a happy hunting ground for Ayr – defeats at Myreside and Meggetland – with Malleny Park still to come next week.
  • Not a vintage performance from Hawks against Currie, epitomised by Paddy Boyer’s needless and costly yellow card.
  • The Bill McLaren Shield stays at Goldenacre – but questions must surely be asked (and answered) about Murray McCallum being hauled off the pitch to go sit on the bench for Edinburgh.
  • Six great tries for Currie’s young Turks at Old Anniesland – but only one conversion!
  • What goes around comes around for Watsonians – the misery of Mike MacDonald’s late try for Stirling last week – and the wanton jubilation of Keith Young’s last gasp winner against Ayr.
  • Edinburgh pros Rory Scholes, Alex Northam and Sasa Tofilau made their mark for Gala at Meggetland –  but there have to be questions about their draft choices when top try scorer Craig Robertson is relegated to the bench.
  • A week away from their ‘must-win’ game at Hawick, David Adamson is beginning to wonder whether it is, perhaps, a psychiatrist rather than a coach that Stirling need.
  • Just not been happening for Boroughmuir over the past couple of weeks  – but a team who can beat Ayr can, on its day, beat any other team in the league.
  • An uphill struggle for Hawick – but where there is life there is hope – so long as the corporate spirit is willing.
  • Image courtesy: Ian Gidney
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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.