Rugby round-up

Hawick vs Melrose at Mansfield Park, Joe Helps with the ball.

Hawick vs Melrose at Mansfield Park, Joe Helps with the ball.

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MELROSE kept hold of their Premiership top spot yesterday after fighting back from a 22-7 deficit at Bridgehaugh to edge a 24-22 victory over Stirling County.

Once again Joe Helps was the match winner but this time the versatile back broke through for a try rather than his more conventional kicking method.

Other try scorers for Melrose were Callum Anderson, Grant Runciman and Damien Hoyland.

Gala too were in a winning frame of mind at Raeburn Place and put Edinburgh Accies to the sword 30-8.

Tries from Andy McLean, Stevie Cairns, Liam Draycott and Craig Borthwick earned the Maroons their sixth bonus point in seven games to move them back into second place, just two points behind the leaders.

At the other end of the table Hawick were not faring as well when faced with a hungry Ayr outfit at Millbrae. The Greens were outpowered 48-10 with Greg Anderson touching down for their only try.

In a highly competitive National League Selkirk sneaked up a place, into third, when running in an impressive nine tries against Biggar at Philiphaugh for a 55-13 win. Josh Welsh, Rory Banks and Scott Hendrie all scored a brace apiece with Gavin Craig, James Bett and Callum McEwan also getting their names on the score sheet.

A second half surge from Peebles put them into fourth place when running out 35-6 victors at the Gytes. Greg Raeburn, Kenny Clyde, Adam Clark and Ruaridh Clinch all touched down for the hosts.

Once again Kelso struggled on the road and went down 57-16 to GHA at Braidholm. Stuart Lowrie was credited with Kelso’s forward driven try while Ben Cooper kicked the remainder of the points for the Tweedsiders.

Jed-Forest have yet to lose a game in Championship B and yesterday the ran in a seventh consecutive victory when travelling to play Aberdeenshire. Declan Wallace touched town for the Royal Blues while Mark Burke and Chris Laidlaw each scored two tries, Laidlaw kicked three conversions for a 31-10 scoreline.

Hawick YM were left high and dry when their bus broke down on the Edinburgh bypass and their game against Howe of Fife had to be postponed.