Currie, Dundee HSFP and Melrose all made a statement of intent in their RBS Premier A campaigns on Saturday with wins which created the clearest idea of what the league might look like at the end of the season.
Currie recorded the biggest win against Aderdeen Grammar, a 34-21 success. The victory shook Gala off their back having been on the same points for the previous three competitive weekends.
Head coach Ally Donaldson said: “The aim for us now is to get into next season’s British and Irish Cup, and earning five points on Saturday has certainly gone a long way towards that.
“We put in a very strong team performance and everyone played well together. Back-row Malcolm Peacock stood out particularly. He is a young fringe player, but he came off the bench and showed the improvements he has made over the season, injecting a renewed urgency and pace into the match.”
The Currie try scorers were Alan Whittingham (2), Loma Kivalu, Dougie Fife and Gary Temple. Jamie Forbes then added the extras on three occasions, as well as slotting a penalty. Captain Murray Douglas scored twice for the visitors, while stand-off Alex Hagart added a conversion, two penalties and a drop goal.
Down in the Borders, Melrose successfully defended the Bill McLaren Shield and pulled away at the top in a very close encounter with Stirling County at The Greenyards, which concluded 19-13. Tries in the last quarter from Grant Runciman and Allan Dodds, as well as two conversions from Andrew Skeen sealed the victory, with Fraser Thomson also touching down earlier in the match.
Steve Swindall and Danny Gilmour scored the tries for Stirling and Brian Archibald added a penalty to their tally.
It was another very close game at Mayfield which ended 15-12 to the hosts, Dundee HSFP. The game was won when winger Andy McLean ran in a try, added to James Fleming’s two touchdowns earlier in the match. The scorers for Gala were Alan Emond, Euan Dods and Lee Millar who converted Dods’s try.
Finally, Boroughmuir shocked Ayr in the third close encounter of the weekend, which ended 17-15 at Meggetland. Though Ayr scored more tries, with AJ McFarlane, Steven Manning and Scott Sutherland all touching down, it was the accurate boot of stand-off Ally Warnock which tipped the balance for the capital side. He converted tries from Stevie Wilson and Keith Buchan as well as a single penalty.
Scottish Rugby congratulates Dunbar for winning RBS East Regional Division 2 after beating Earlston, 81-0 at Hallhill and Aberdeen University Medics for championing RBS Caledonia Regional Division 3 North East after beating Shetland 48-10 at home on Saturday.