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Selkirk vanquish Hawick’s Border League hopes

Hawick 17, Selkirk 28

Ross Ford (picture by Ian Rutherford)

Ford steps up to starting XV

Kelso’s own Ross Ford has been named in the starting line-up for tomorrow’s (Saturday) concluding RBS 6 Nations encounter between Scotland and Italy.

Fraser Thomson on a surge for Melrose (picture by Douglas Hardie)

Assured display puts Melrose on top

Stirling County 7, Melrose 30

Billy Waddell makes a charge for Kelso (picture by Gavin Horsburgh)

Cluster of impressive tries by Kelso

Kelso 41, Whitecraigs 12

Rugby star Stuart Hogg, second from left, with, from left, Jeff Bland, executive chef at the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh; butcher Bel Forbes, of Bels Butchers in Edzell, Angus; and Quality Meat Scotland chairman and Perthshire beef farmer Jim McLaren to launch this years Scotch Beef promotional campaign.

Hawick rugby hero Hogg takes time out for beef encounter ahead of Calcutta Cup clash

Hawick rugby hero Stuart Hogg has got plenty on his plate already after being named yesterday in the Scotland team to face England tomorrow, but he’s alway got room for a bit more if it’s a prime cut of meat from his homeland.

Skipper Ross Nixon in try-scoring action for Selkirk earlier this season (picture by Grant Kinghorn)

Philiphaugh boss thinks strong Selkirk side could trouble Marr

Selkirk RFC manager Tom Ramage says he’s glad the team is due back in action tomorrow (Saturday) and expects a “tight game” at home to BT National League Division 1 leaders Marr.

Connor Hogg burrows through for Jed-Forest recently against Falkirk (picture by Bill McBurnie).

Jed hope semi-final ambitions won’t disappear into thin Ayr

Borders clubs are set to do battle in three of the four BT Scottish Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, waving a big banner once again for rugby standards in the south of Scotland.

A touch down at The Gytes for Gala's Chris Weir (picture by Alwyn Johnston)

Gala overcome lively Peebles challenge

Peebles 12, Gala 40

Aaron Welsh tries to force a way through for Melrose against Jed-Forest (picture by Douglas Hardie)

Valiant show by Jed but Melrose reach final

Friday’s Bookers Border League clash was played under floodlights on a cold, still evening, with intermittent light showers and on a sticky pitch at Riverside Park.

Nyall Godsmark breaks out for Melrose (picture by Douglas Hardie)

Melrose set sights on top place after ruthless first-half display

A top first-half display by Melrose, featuring four tries and some good flowing play, kept them on course to finish in BT Premiership pole position.

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Gala's Dwayne Burrows is stopped just short of the line against Boroughmuir (picture by Alwyn Johnston)

Ambitious Gala sharpen focus on club’s future playing talent

Gala RFC is proudly marching ahead with a new initiative, in defiance of the misery of relegation from the BT Premiership.

Hawick's Ross Nichol, in headguard, scored a hat-trick of tries for the Quins (picture by Bill McBurnie)

No clowning as Harlequins run the show

Penicuik 0, Hawick Harlequins 60

Ciaran Whyte scores Selkirk's sole try against Stewart's Melville FP (picture by Grant Kinghorn)

Selkirk surrender first-half advantage

A patchy, error-strewn display saw Selkirk lose out to Stewart’s Melville FP in Saturday’s BT National League 1 fixture at Inverleith, which pushed the Philiphaugh men down to sixth place in the table.

Greg Ponton crosses the line for a try for Kelso (picture by Gavin Horsburgh)

Kelso get the best of the West with half-century

Kelso 55, West of Scotland 17

Nikki Walker

Head coach Walker to leave Hawick

Following the 34-7 defeat by Melrose on Saturday, Hawick RFC has announced head coach Nikki Walker will be leaving the Mansfield Park club after three seasons at the helm.

Melrose's Richard Taylor in possession against Hawick earlier this season at Mansfield Park, where Melrose won 14-3 (picture by Brian Sutherland)

Title-seeking Melrose play host as Greens bid to beat the drop

The league campaign may almost be over – but there’s still time for one more hugely appetising Borders derby clash this season.

Stuart Hogg (picture Ian Rutherford)

Hogg reckons Scots ‘chucked it away’ against French hosts

Borders star Stuart Hogg scored another try for Scotland, in the 16th minute of Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations clash with France in Paris – but it couldn’t stop the Scots going down to a bruising 22-16 loss.

Ross Anderson makes a break for Hawick Quins against Berwick (picture by Stuart Cobley)

Mighty Quins take shield in battle

Hawick Harlequins 29, Berwick 0

It was a dismal day in Dalbeattie for Hawick Royal Albert (in blue)

Hawick hammered by super Star

Dalbeattie Star 7, Hawick Royal Albert 1

Melrose's tryscorer,  Grant Runciman (picture by Douglas Hardie)

Roses bloom in low-scoring encounter

Heriot’s 5, Melrose 8

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