On Saturday the rugby season got underway in the Borders with a number of friendly matches being played, with most of the top teams from the area in action.
While the results were academic, the games themselves were vital preparation for the Cup and League matches which start this month.
Stuart Cameron took in three of the fixtures which had tries, plenty of action and some unwanted drama.
Tomorrow's the penultimate round of the Kings of the Sevens tournament in the Borders.
Stuart Cameron takes a look at the current state of affairs in the series:
An amateur Rugby Union side are just one game away from a Twickenham cup final.
Aspatria face Stafforshire side Leek in the semi-final of the Intermediate Cup.
A win would propel them towards a national final and the biggest day in the club's 140 year history.
Neil Billingham reports:
Carlisle Rugby Club's Colts team compete in the semi-final of the National Cup on Sunday.
The players are just two games away from becoming the best under 18 side in the country.
Scottish Rugby Union fans are focussed on the French this weekend.
It's Scotland v France in the 6 Nations at Murrayfield tomorrow, but the countries also do battle tonight, with the Borders Boys front and centre.
Stuart Cameron looks ahead.
The Scottish Premiership Title race is going down to the wire.
Gala and Melrose both won their penultimate league games on Saturday.
That means Borders teams will finish first and second and the Championship will go down to the last day of the season on March 22nd. Stuart Cameron reports.
Rugby union and Scotland open their 6 Nations campaign in Dublin against Ireland on Sunday.
The Scots have become known as slow starters - they haven't won their opening 6 Nations game since 2006.
Stuart Cameron looks ahead to that and he's got all the Borders rugby news.
The Border Cup was decided on Saturday and it was also round five of the British & Irish Cup.
When Gala went South to meet Leeds earlier in the season, George Graham's team went down to a record-breaking defeat, but was it one way traffic in the return match at Netherdale?
Stuart Cameron reports.
Gala may have lost at home to Leeds but after their record defeat in the away fixture when they were beaten 86-8 this was a much improved showing. Bolstered by professional players from Edinburgh they lost by four tries to one against their visitors.
Gala only conceded the four try bonus in injury time when a mistake in midfield saw Craig Hampson pounce. Stuart Cameron reports.