Win over Ayr keeps Currie in play-off hunt

Currie's Jamie Gray tries to make progress. Pic: Gordon Fraser

Currie's Jamie Gray tries to make progress. Pic: Gordon Fraser

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Currie’s bid for a place in the BT Premiership play-offs remains alive after Ben Cairns’ men emerged with a 10-3 win at home to Ayr.

However, the absence of a bonus point means that Currie must now beat Glasgow Hawks this Saturday and rely on favourable results elsewhere in order to dislodge Gala from fourth spot.

All of the points came in the first half of a keenly-contested match against opponents looking for a win to further their claims for a home draw in the play-off phase. Ruaridh Smith and Ross Weston had a try apiece with Ayr’s points coming through a penalty by Callum Anderson.

Stewart’s Melville’s promotion play-off aspirations took a dent when they succumbed for the second time in the National Division One campaign to Capital rivals Watsonians, who won 13-12.

The hosts dominated possession in the first half but the scoreline remained blank at the interval.

However, with the wind in their favour after the restart, the hosts broke the deadlock when Adam Howie dotted down for a try, converted by Nick McCashin, who then added a second try for Stew Mel.

But Sonians were determined to derail the home side’s play-off bid and battled back when Brian Walls clipped over a drop goal then added the conversion following a Ross Aitken try, and proved to be the match winner when he booted a penalty three minutes from full time.

Musselburgh remain at the summit of Division Three after posting a convincing 73-0 in the East Lothian derby at Haddington. The result edges Burgh closer to promotion and adds spice to the upcoming showdown at Stoneyhill with fellow title chasers Howe of Fife who are 11 points adrift with three games in hand. The third team in the mix, Hamilton Bulls, posted a 46-0 win at home to Livingston to remain in second spot, while a defeat for Falkirk at Aberdeenshire means they can no longer catch ’Burgh but could yet be runners up depending on results elsewhere.