• Ayr came back from the festive break refreshed and reinvigorated. They blew Boroughmuir away in the first twenty minutes, and kept them well under heel throughout a fairly one sided contest – even allowing themselves the luxury of ‘resting’ their field commander, Frazier Climo, for the final half hour.
  • None of Hawks early season sparkle was on show in a ‘gie dreich’ game at Mansfied. They were mechanical and lacklustre – and paid the penalty – beaten by a Hawick side who definitely wanted it more.
  • Nip and tuck between Heriots and Currie at Goldenacre, but, on the strength of their more clinical finishing, Heriots probably just about deserved the win to re-claim fourth spot in the league and to become only the second club to get their name on the Bill McLaren Shield.
  • Frustration for Currie – but composure has not really been one of this young side’s stronger points this season. They can perhaps take comfort from their marginally easier run in to the final play-off place.
  • Five tries and four yellow cards for Watsonians against Gala – it must be a record – as well as a huge step towards Premiership safety.
  • A poor performance from Boroughmuir at Millbrae – with no sign of the committed and combative spirit with which they beat Ayr at Meggetland earlier in the season.
  • A massive result for Hawick against Hawks. It was not pretty – but it was effective. And what a player Darcy Graham is going to be. Some way for Matt Landels to celebrate his 40th birthday!
  • A grim day for Gala.
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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.