If last week’s opening games gave hint as to how close the RBS premiership is going to be this season then today’set of results has left no doubt. Four out of the five fixtures were settled with less than a 10 point margin and the lead switched hands in most of those games faster than magician with a deck of cards.
Gala will be delighted with their 29-26 win over Edinburgh Accies at Raeburn Place but once again the star of the show was young Jamie Farndale despite ending up on the losing team. Speaking of stars, Fraser Thompson’s moment of individual brilliance at the Greenyards followed by a clinching try from Jamie Murray was enough to see off a dogged Currie side by 26-21, only just though.
Heriots meanwhile fell to a second demoralising defeat, this time at home to Stirling County 20-29, they’ll have their work cut out with a trip to Melrose next week. Boroughmuir probably had the result of the day coming away with a 22-19 win over Aberdeen Grammar at Rubislaw. A great way for the Meggatland men to bounce back from their lost to Ayr last week . Ayr themselves meanwhile have continued on their winning ways with the most comfortable win of the day by defeating Dundee HSFP at home 28 -10. Smash ball centre Richard Dalgleish scored two excellent tries but man-of-the-match was stand-off Sylvain Diez.
Result of the day in the National League was Watsonians thumping 78 – 3 win over beleaguered Jedforest at Myreside. Difficult to know whether this shows a resurgence at Watsonians or merely highlights how much Jed are missing the players who left in the summer, probably a bit of both. Selkirk will have been delighted to come away from Mansfield Park with a 30-26 win over Hawick in the Border derby and special mention must also go the Glasgow Hawks who beat Biggar away 45-6 with teenage scrum-half Seam Yacoubian doing most of the damage.
Busy day across the Championship Leagues with Whitecraigs pulling off a big 29 -8 win at West of Scotland and GHA taking the spoils in a topsy-turvy game at Dunfermline, the lead changed hands many times but the GHA backs led by ex-Scotland centre Andy Henderson eventually made the difference winning 32-27. Musselburgh put down a serious marker in Championship B too with a 28-10 win away at much-fancied Murrayfield Wanderers and Peter Wright got his first win for Peebles at home to Haddington 30-18.
Notable results from the East Regional Leagues saw RHC make the long trip to Langholm and come away 38-15 winners, Lismore beating Gala YM at home 28-22 and Inverleith will be chuffed with their 51-19 result away at Walkerburn, a fine way to start the season. Over in the West Regional Leagues, Marr have looked good in pre-season and duly beat GHK 57-7 on the road, look out for them this year. Oban Lorne beat Mull in Oban 34-3 in hideous conditions, relying on teir larger pack to grind out a result. Up in Caledonia, Strathmore will be delighted to come away from Orkney with a 11 – 5 win and Panmure won by a handsome 41-17 over Fife South but their 2nd XV were hammered 115-0 to by Waid, swings and roundabouts.
A busy day all over in what is shaping up to be a cracking season.