Rugby wrap: Currie hang on to play-off spot

James Semple's trusty boot helped Currie overcome Glasgow Hawks. Pic: Ian Rutherford
James Semple's trusty boot helped Currie overcome Glasgow Hawks. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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Currie bagged a vital 18-13 win in a hard-fought BT Premiership contest at Glasgow Hawks to cling to fourth spot in the table on points difference.

Ross Weston and Ruaridh Smith scored a try apiece for Currie, with the other points courtesy of James Semple’s boot as they secured a win that was crucial to their own challenge and also appears to have ended the play-off hopes of Hawks.

Currie still occupy a play-off spot, but Hawick are equal on points with the Malleny Park side after taking a bonus point in their win over Selkirk, and with the top three sides looking to have their play-off slots 
secured, the tussle between Currie and Hawick is heating up.

Champions Heriot’s now have only a single-point advantage over third-placed Melrose, who visit Goldenacre on Saturday, after going down 20-8 away to leaders Ayr.

A penalty by Graham Wilson kept Heriot’s in the game at half-time, which they reached 7-3 in arrears. The gap grew to 14 points before Russell Nimmo dotted down for the visitors, sparking hopes of a fightback. However, a penalty for the hosts made the game safe and a staunch defensive effort ensured Heriot’s ended the afternoon empty handed.

Boroughmuir slipped back into the bottom two in the table after a 28-19 defeat at home to fellow strugglers Gala.

Tries by Cal Davies and Sam Gibson, the 
latter converted by David Reekie, put Muir into a 12-8 lead at half-time. However, the Borderers retook the lead through two tries plus a penalty and a conversion before the hosts enjoyed a spell in the ascendancy.

The sustained pressure paid off after 60 minutes in the form of a penalty try, converted by Reekie, which cut the gap to four points. But that was as close as Muir could get and they were left with nothing to show for their efforts after a late bonus-point try for Gala who have now climbed two places.

Watsonians remain ten points clear at the head of BT National Division One, courtesy of a 35-18 success at home to Musselburgh that yielded all five league points for the Myreside men.

Edinburgh Accies bagged five tries in a comprehensive 38-7 win over Stewart’s Melville, who escaped relatively lightly after each of the three sides below them in the table also lost. The win has moved Accies up a rung to fifth spot and still on the periphery of the battle for the promotion play-off.

In Division Two, Lasswade went down 50-0 away to leaders Hamilton Bulls, while Preston Lodge were on the wrong end of a 26-10 score line in their match at Biggar.

Haddington maintained their promotion bid in Division Three after again showing mettle to take the honours in a hard-fought encounter, this time beating Dalziel 25-20 at Neilson Park. Livingston squeezed home 13-12 at home to Perthshire, while RHC Cougars took a point after a 9-9 draw at Berwick.