Edinburgh Accies finally cast aside the label of nearly men as they turned on the style to open their BT Premiership account with a 28-13 win over Hawick at Raeburn Place.
Having led in three recent matches before eventually suffering agonisingly narrow defeats, Accies reversed the trend, battling back after trailing 13-5 at half-time to bag a vital five points. Sam Pecqueur added two tries to his burgeoning tally, while Matt Coupar and James Munro had one apiece and the other points came from kicks in a victory that leaves Accies only three points behind second-bottom Hawick in the league table.
Elsewhere in the city, a brace of penalties by Greg Cannie gave Boroughmuir a 6-5 interval lead against Glasgow Hawks, and he added another three pointer in the second period as well as converting a try by Charlie Purdon, as ’Muir squeezed home 13-12 to post a third win of the campaign.
And it was an equally tense affair at Malleny Park where Currie overturned a 15-8 deficit at the break to edge out Stirling County 23-22. Malcolm Peacock, Joe Reynolds and Ross Weston had a try apiece, and Reynolds weighed in with two penalties and a conversion as the home side completed a clean sweep of wins for Capital based clubs in the top flight.
And the success spread to BT National Division, where both of the city’s representatives had bonus-point wins. Andrew Chalmers dotted down twice and there was one try apiece for Jonny Neary and Reiss Cullen, with the remaining points coming with the boot as Watsonians eased to a 32-6 win over Hillhead/Jordanhill.
At Inverleith, Stewart’s Melville had few problems in seeing off Biggar 44-5. The game was effectively won in the first half as the hosts reached the break with a 26-0 lead and a bonus point courtesy of tries from Mike Hanning, Matt Morrell and a double by Nick McCashin who was on target with three conversions. Ben Wilson and Callum Hunter-Hill joined the scoring in the second half before McCashin, who had kicked a penalty earlier, completed his hat-trick with a touchdown in the last minute.
The leading duo both posted wins in Division Two, but Musselburgh remain on their heels after seeing off Livingston 71-5 at Stoneyhill. Musselburgh had the match won and the bonus point secured by the interval, which they reached with a 40-0 lead, and continued to score freely and complete a win that has cut the gap on second-placed Falkirk who failed to take a bonus point.
Elsewhere, basement side Haddington lost 92-10 at Aberdeenshire. Preston Lodge returned from East Kilbride with an 18-16 win to sit second in Division Three. However, both Lasswade and RHC Cougars had their challenge dented with losses away to Dalziel and West of Scotland, respectively.
Meanwhile, second-bottom Murrayfield Wanderers shared the spoils with basement side Dunfermline in a 23-23 draw.