Club doubles on the line at Silver Saturday

Two of Scotland’s most successful rugby clubs will be vying for league-cup doubles when they run out at BT Murrayfield next Saturday (28 April).

Melrose play for the BT Cup while Hillhead/Jordanhill will challenge for the Sarah Beaney Cup – the top tier cup competitions for men’s and women’s club teams – having already won the BT Premiership and BT Women’s Premier League between them.

The teams also lifted their respective cups last year and have been dominant in league action, losing just four games between them since the season began.

Hills romped to an emphatic BT Women’s Premier League victory back in January with victory over Sarah Beaney Cup semi-final opponents Stirling County to secure the league trophy before playing them again in the cup competition to set up a season finale at the national stadium against Watsonians (kick-off 2.10pm).

BT Cup finalists Melrose enjoyed a similarly peerless league season taking 12 bonus point victories from their first 12 games before showing their mettle in beating a tough Ayr side in a home BT Premiership final. The Borderers will play Stirling County in the BT Cup final (kick-off 4.30pm).

Both teams are determined to finish the season on a high.

Hillhead/Jordanhill Captain Louise McMillan said: “I’m really excited for the girls to play to defend our title on Silver Saturday.

From the outset of this season the team has had its sights on the double, and we haven’t been afraid to talk about it.

“We won the league in such a dominant fashion and we’ll be aiming to take this momentum with us into the cup game.

“There is such belief in this squad that when we play our best no one can stop us. For us the challenge will to be trust our usual processes and game-plan which have proven so successful this season.”

Melrose have lost just three games this season against fellow BT Premiership play-off contenders Currie Chieftains and Ayr as well as a last-round regular season loss to derby rivals Hawick.

The Greenyards club are no strangers to national finals but haven’t completed the double in more than two decades.

Melrose Captain Grant Runciman said: “It would mean a lot to the club to win the double, it hasn’t been done at Melrose since 1997 so it would be a huge achievement.

We have just been focusing on our next game and trying to play as well as we can but since the BT Premiership final it has been mentioned a few times.

“The BT Cup final is a huge game anyway whether we are going for the double or not so hopefully it won’t add any more pressure on the day.”

Hillhead/Jordanhill will take on Watsonians in the Sarah Beaney Cup final on the international pitch before Melrose play Stirling County who are playing their first ever national final in the BT Cup.

Watsonians and Stirling County have both had mixed seasons so far with their cup form showing what they are capable of when league performances have not always met their standards.

The BT Cup and Sarah Beaney Cup finals are part of ‘Silver Saturday’, which combines the BT Cup Finals Day programme with the deciding leg of the 1872 Cup in a showpiece of the best Scottish rugby at all levels.

The day will include seven men’s and women’s matches played at BT Murrayfield and feature teams from across the country.

In the BT Men’s Shield final (kick-off 12.05pm) BT West League Division 1 leaders Carrick will be targeting a third title in three years against Hawick Harlequins, who will be aiming to follow up their BT East League Division 1 win with more silverware.

BT Men’s Bowl finalists Wigtownshire, who have all but sealed the BT West League Division 3 title, and Ross Sutherland have shown a remarkable turn in fortunes to reach Silver Saturday (kick-off 10am) after first-round eliminations in the 2016/17 season and will both be looking to complete the fairytale at the end of the month.

Glasgow University will take on Greenock Wanderers in a west derby in the BT Women’s Plate (kick-off 11am) and Garioch make a second consecutive BT Cup Finals Day appearance when they play BT Women's National League 2 winners Oban Lorne in the BT Women’s Bowl (kick-off 11am).

Edinburgh Rugby and Glasgow Warriors will bring the day to a close in the 1872 Cup (kick-off 7.45pm).

Tickets for Silver Saturday, which include access to all seven games played at BT Murrayfield on the day, are available from:

‘Silver Saturday’ – BT Murrayfield, Saturday 28 April

  • Turnstiles open 9.30am
  • BT Men’s Bowl Final, International Pitch, kick-off 10am
  • BT Women’s Bowl Final, Back Pitches, kick-off 11am
  • BT Women’s Plate Final, Back Pitches, kick-off 11am
  • BT Men’s Shield Final, International Pitch, kick-off 12.05pm
  • Sarah Beaney Cup Final, International Pitch, kick-off 2.10pm
  • BT Men’s Cup Final, International Pitch, kick-off 4.30pm
  • 1872 Cup, International Pitch, kick-off 7.45pm