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Borders rugby season underway

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.

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Rugby Union: The weekend results

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.

Pride restored

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.

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