Rugby round up: Melrose defeat reigning Premiership champions Ayr

Melrose grabbed a superb victory at reigning Premiership champions Ayr today.

John Dalziel’s men trailed 11-8 at half time but scored 25 unanswered points in the second period through tries from Peter Eccles, Nick Beavon, Fraser Thomson and Bruce Colvine for a 33-11 win.

Gala let slip a 27-6 lead at Heriots to lose 28-27. Gala did get a four try bonus point after Lewis Bertram, Steve Cairns, George Graham and Grant Somerville touched down.

Hawick also let slip a lead when they lost 24-18 at Glasgow Hawks which saw the Teries’ scrum half Bruce Campbell sent off for stamping late on. The Teries were 18-12 ahead at half time thanks to Scott McLeod and Greg Anderson tries but Hawks hit back to win thanks to Mike Adamson and Paddy Boyer’s scores.

In the National League, Selkirk were thumped 51-23 by much fancied Watsonians at Philiphaugh. A second half comeback from Peebles meant they picked up their first win with an 18-14 triumph over GHA, and Kelso thumped Biggar 32-10.

Jed-Forest made it two wins from two in Championship B thanks to Chris Laidlaw’s 18 points in their 28-7 win at Haddington.

Hawick YM’s clash with Murrayfield Wanderers in the same league was postponed as the Edinburgh side did not have front row cover.