Boroughmuir boosted their bid for top-flight survival with a stunning 21-17 BT Premiership win away to Ayr.
The Meggetland men arrived late at Millbrae after their bus broke down, delaying kick off by half an hour. And the visitors made a slow start before seizing the initiative and building an 8-0 half-time lead after Carl Bezuidenhout kicked a penalty and Grant McConnell darted in for a try.
A touchdown by Mike Entwhistle extended Boroughmuir’s advantage before Ross Curle and Bezuidenhout exchanged penalties and David Reekie dotted down for try number three to give the Capital men a cushion of 18 points with 25 minutes to play.
Facing a second successive defeat against Premiership strugglers, Ayr finished strongly and bagged converted tries through Murray McConnell and a penalty award to set up a tense finale. But the Boroughmuir defence held firm to seal the win that has moved them out of the bottom two in the table.
Replacing them in the basement slot are Edinburgh Accies, who returned empty handed from their trip to face Gala, going down 21-8 in a match where all of the points came in the first half. Callum Ramm opened the scoring with a penalty and Jamie Farndale raced over for a try on his return from injury, but the visitors never looked likely to get the better of the Borderers. Next on the agenda for Accies is a potentially season-defining clash with Glasgow Hawks on Saturday.
In BT National Division One, Stewart’s Melville travelled to face an unbeaten Selkirk side that is within touching distance of securing the title and a Premiership berth next season. While Capital rivals Watsonians are not yet mathematically ruled out, StewMel appear to be in a two-way contest with GHA to secure the promotion play-off slot. Trailing 5-0 at the break, the Inverleith man clawed their way back into the contest with a penalty from Nick McCashin but had to settle for a narrow-defeat bonus point after a late penalty clinched an 8-3 success for the hosts. GHA, who drew against Marr, now sit seven points clear of StewMel, who have a game in hand.
Meanwhile, a penalty either side of half time by Andrew Chalmers accounted for the Watsonians points as the Myreside men went down 10-6 away to Kelso.
Musselburgh’s promotion aspirations suffered another dent when they succumbed 26-16 to Falkirk in the only Division Two match that went ahead. The result means Falkirk now top the table while the absence of a narrow defeat bonus point was a blow to ‘Burgh who now occupy the fourth rung, although the leading quartet have all played a different number of matches.
Lasswade returned to the summit in Division Three after snatching an 18-17 win over West of Scotland deep into injury time. Elsewhere, the challenge of Preston Lodge took a blow when they went down 20-8 at home to RHC Cougars who have displaced the Pennypit men in fourth place in the tightly packed table.