Currie’s hot streak ends as Melrose take the title

John Cox was on target for Currie (library pic)
John Cox was on target for Currie (library pic)
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Currie’s seven match unbeaten run ended at the Greenyards as the Borderers secured the RBS Premiership title with a 26-10 win.

The visitors had gone into the game as the side with the best recent record in the league, having rallied from a poor start to the campaign to climb the table. However, with the hosts needing to win to keep alive their bid for the silverware, it was never likely to be a comfortable afternoon for Ally Donaldson’s men.

A George Horne penalty was the source of Currie’s first half points as they reached the interval 16-3 in arrears with Bruce Colvine scoring a try for Melrose and Joe Helps kicking the rest. The hosts made the win safe with further penalties from Helps and a try by Damien Hoyland before John Cox bagged a converted score that arrived too late to spoil the party for Melrose.

Heriot’s were also in action in the Borders against a Hawick side battling for survival and the desire of the home side was sufficient to see off the Capital men 31-21, whose thoughts were perhaps on Saturday’s RBS Cup semi final against Aberdeen Grammar.

Heriot’s recorded tries from Jack Turley and Ben Toolis, while the other points came from three penalties and a conversion as the Goldenacre men slipped to fourth place in the table, albeit with British & Irish Cup rugby guaranteed next season.

Hawick’s bonus point win means they retain their place in the Premiership and their opponents in the top flight next season will include Boroughmuir who were already crowned RBS National League champions before welcoming GHA to Meggetland for the final match of their triumphant league campaign. Bruce Aitchison’s men signed off in style with a 76-5 win. The 12 try romp featured hat tricks for Ross Bradford and Mark Hare, plus a double from Alex Cox.

Lasswade’s form in RBS Championship B has enjoyed an upturn in recent weeks and the Hawthornden men had an opportunity to test their progress when they travelled to face title chasing Jedforest. Needing a bonus point win to seal the silverware, the Borderers powered to a 46-14 win that has secured their promotion to the National League.

Musselburgh, who already had a third place finish guaranteed, completed their league programme with a 15-13 win at Hawick YM.

One rung below ‘Burgh in the table, Livingston brought down the curtain on a successful first season at the higher level with a 29-24 defeat at Aberdeenshire.

Meanwhile, Murrayfield Wanderers signed off in positive fashion after a difficult season when they chalked up a 25-0 bonus point win at home to Haddington.