Heriot’s slipped to third in the BT Premiership table after suffering a 32-21 loss away to Melrose on a dismal day for the Capital’s top flight clubs.
The champions had two penalties from Graham Wilson as they reached the break 16-6 in arrears. An unconverted try by Max Learmonth cut the deficit to five points early in the second half but the hosts pulled away to seal the win before late touchdowns for the Goldenacre men from Charlie Simpson and Struan Dewar completed a disappointing trip.
Meanwhile, Boroughmuir fell out of the top four after suffering a second successive home defeat, this time a 31-18 loss against Hawick. Callum Reid and Craig Marshall touched down for ‘Muir but the scores came too late to rescue the hosts who had conceded three first half tries and another just after the break.
There was also disappointment for Currie who returned from Ayr nursing a 31-8 loss. Ross Weston touched down for the Malleny Park men and Joe Reynolds kicked a penalty but that made no impression against a powerful Ayr side that has reclaimed pole position.
In BT National Division One, second-placed Watsonians went down 42-37 in a keenly contested encounter at home to Dundee High. However, the two bonus points ‘Sonians garnered for their efforts were enough to move the Myreside men into second place, one point adrift of pacesetters Marr who suffered their first defeat of the campaign.
The big gainers of the day were Musselburgh, who delivered a repeat of their recent narrow BT Cup victory when they emerged as 27-24 winners at Kelso. Danny Owenson was again the hero for ‘Burgh landing a drop goal in the dying seconds to cement third place in the table.
Edinburgh Accies moved into the top half after tries from Tom Arnott, Clement Lacour and Matthew Beattie plus an 11-point kicking contribution by Callum Ramm sealed a 27-13 win over GHA.
Stewart’s Melville now occupy the basement slot after going down 17-7 at home to Jedforest.
Lasswade slipped to sixth in Division two after losing 34-24 at Hillhead/Jordanhill, while Preston Lodge suffered an agonising 8-7 defeat at home to Cartha Queens Park.
Meanwhile, Haddngton remain in the Division Three promotion race after beating Irvine 38-19, Livingston had a 24-14 success over Dalziel and RHC Cougars were 17-13 winners at East Kilbride.