8 things to take away from round 11 of the BT Premiership

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  • Ayr are next – and Melrose just might have a game on their hands if the first hour of yesterday’s game against Glasgow Hawks can be taken as indicative. ‘Relentless controlled brutality’ sounds good – but they will need that level of intensity for the full 80 minutes to get anything at the Greenyards.


  • Heriots had too much gas for Marr.  With no evident scars from their Cup misadventure against Edinburgh Accies, they were precise in attack and well organised in defence – and are beginning to look like a pretty good bet for one of the play-off spots.


  • A poor show from Currie Chieftains at Myreside, with their continuity seriously compromised by a high error count and annoying lapses in discipline – and their defence was not too clever either! A bad day at the office – but they are still in the mix.


  • Finlay Gillies must have felt that he had stepped in front of a bus during Glasgow Hawks’ first half ‘beasting’ from Ayr – but, in fairness to his young charges, they hung in there and kept the score respectable. Next week at Goldenacre will be an interesting challenge.


  • Steve Lawrie is understandably keen to play down Watsonians’ prospects of a top four finish, mindful no doubt of the mauling they took from Melrose not so long ago – but Colin Renton was hugely impressed by their slick handling and clinical edge against Currie Chieftains – even when obliged by injuries to play the second half without a recognised hooker.