TALKING POINTS FROM ROUND 17 OF THE BT PREMIERSHIP

  • A five star display and six tries from Ayr against Hawks. A fine afternoon’s work for Craig Gosman: Man-of-the-Match … and getting his younger brother, Kerr, sin-binned.
  • Captain Oates would not have felt out of place at Goldenacre on Saturday. Rob Chrystie got it in one: ‘Job done – but it was ugly’. Melrose had a controlling edge up front – but, behind, they are missing Craig Jackson’s streetwise bite.
  • Hawks are safely in the play-offs but they badly need to rediscover their early season style – Tommy Spinks cannot do it all himself.
  • A tough day for Heriots – surrendering the Bill McLaren Shield and their play-off advantage to Currie – and all compounded by referee Graeme Wells’ nonsensical red card for Michael Maltman. Referees need to manage their touch judges a sight better than Mr Wells managed Stephen Ward on Saturday.
  • Watsonians are now safe by virtue of their tight win over Stirling. Rory Drummond was again the main man, greatly assisted by Shaun Ruwers’ powerful scrummaging.
  • Stirling still have Heriots and Melrose to play – so if Boroughmuir beat Gala, Saturday’s losing bonus point could be crucial in deciding whether they or Hawick go to the relegation play-off.
  • A raw bleak day at Mansfield with little or no scope for decent rugby – but Hawick did just about enough to win, though a couple of needlessly petty yellow cards could have cost them dear.
  • Gala had a real chance in the second half, but they singularly failed to take advantage of the strong wind blowing at their backs – and now they are all but gone.

Image courtesy: Bryan Robertson

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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.

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  1. If a player stamps on a player twice then punches him he deserves to be sent off and the player apologised to the player he stamped and punched after the game saying sorry he lost it . Don’t think ref and linesman got it wrong . As anyone can see in the full footage of the game .

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