8 things to take away from round 9 of the BT Premiership

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  • With seven enforced changes from the side which demolished Heriots last week, Melrose celebrated their strength in depth against Hawick at the Greenyards, and, in the second half, showed that they can tough it out when needs must – attributes which Alan Lorimer points out will be needed in spades once the weather changes and their better young players get well deserved representative recognition. They look good –  but the pursuing pack will come hunting.





  • Given the helter-skelter ride Glasgow Hawks have given Finn Gillies this season, nobody can begrudge him the relief and euphoria which must have surged through his veins when they snatched an unlikely bonus point victory from Boroughmuir with two injury time tries. They scavenged well — they took their chances — Ross Thomson kicked his goals — and, crucially they kept going. ‘Balls of Steel’ according to Finn.


  • Watsonians have a great ethos about their club –  they have recruited well –  Rory Drummond and Euan Dodds are a handful up front –  Andrew Chalmers and Rory Hutton are class acts –  they are well coached – and it all came good at Millbrae on Saturday. It should be a bumper crowd at Myreside on Friday night when they entertain Melrose.


  • The Heriots pack, showing no scars from their maulings by Melrose and Ayr, stepped gingerly up to the mark against Currie Chieftains and very much dictated terms in difficult conditions. The game, in reality, was maybe not quite as close as the score suggests — leaving Phil Smith with a sense that his structures are now beginning to mature — and are robust enough to be tested by Stirling next week.