Weekend rugby round-up

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PLAYING their first British and Irish Cup game of the season Gala fell to Welsh side Aberavon 17-31 at Netherdale last night.

An error strewn first half from the hosts allowed a street wise Aberavon outfit to gain control, mostly in the forward exchanges, and ultimately win the game.

Gala mounted a reasonable fight back from a 3-23 deficit early in the second-half, with two quick converted tries from Stevie Cairns and Craig Robertson to close the gap to six points, but the Welsh visitors finished with a flourish to seal the win.

Earlier in the day 42 16 Melrose spared their supporters the last minute worries of the previous two weeks by sewing up their Premiership match against Aberdeen midway through the second half before going on to record a 42-16 victory.

Melrose try scorers were Damien Hoyland (2), Gary Holborn, Joe Helps, Nick Beavon, Peter Eccles and Callum Anderson. Helps scored a conversion and a penalty while Andrew Skeen also kicked a conversion.

Over at Mansfield Park the Greens won their basement battle against Currie with

Lee Armstrong, Bruce McNeil and Greg Anderson all touching down and Neil Renwick converting all three to record a 21-12 win.

In the National League Selkirk kept in sight of the top two places by defeating Hillhead Jordanhill 35-13 on the road.

Kelso lost their unbeaten home record to Stewart’s Melville (32-12) while Peebles suffered a heavy 40-7 defeat at Dundee.

An Iain Chisholm hat-trick helped Jed to an eighth straight win in Championship B, beating Livingston 50-13, while Hawick YM were put to the sword 40-8 at home against Haddington.