Scottish Cup (rugby union)

The Scottish Cup (currently known as the BT Cup for sponsorship reasons) is the annual knock-out cup competition for domestic rugby union clubs in Scotland. The cup has been competed for since the 1995-1996 season. Despite many structural changes the competition has always culminated with the final at Murrayfield Stadium.

Scottish Cup
Founded1995; 25 years ago (1995)
RegionScotland
Number of teams46 (2016–17)
Current championsMelrose RFC
(4th title)
Most successful club(s)Boroughmuir RFC, Heriot's RFC and Melrose RFC
(4 titles)

FormatEdit

Clubs in the three National Leagues compete in the first round, with six Premiership sides added in the second round, and the final four Premiership teams added in the third round of the competition.

As part of the Scottish Cup Finals day, the finals of the Shield and Bowl competitions are also held. Clubs outside the National League compete in one of four regional tournaments (Borders, Caledonia, Edinburgh, and West) during the season, with the winners of each playing in a semi-final against another region. The winners progress to the final at Murrayfield.

Cup Finals[1]Edit

A total of 12 clubs have appeared in the final, of whom 8 have won the competition.

Season Winners Score Runners-up
1995-96 Hawick (1) 17 – 15 Watsonians
1996-97 Melrose (1) 31 – 23 Boroughmuir
1997-98 Glasgow Hawks (1) 36 – 14 Kelso
1998-99 Gala (1) 8 – 3 Kelso
1999-00 Boroughmuir (1) 35 – 10 Glasgow Hawks
2000-01 Boroughmuir (2) 39 – 15 Melrose
2001-02 Hawick (2) 20 – 17 * Glasgow Hawks
2002-03 Heriot's (1) 25 – 13 Watsonians
2003-04 Glasgow Hawks (2) 29 – 17 Dundee HSFP
2004-05 Boroughmuir (3) 39 – 25 Dundee HSFP
2005-06 Watsonians (1) 31 – 15 Currie
2006-07 Glasgow Hawks (3) 24 – 13 Edinburgh Academicals
2007-08 Melrose (2) 31 – 24 Heriot's
2008-09 Heriot's (2) 21 – 19 Melrose
2009-10 Ayr (1) 26 – 23 Melrose
2010-11 Ayr (2) 25 – 21 Melrose
2011-12 Gala (2) 24 – 10 Ayr
2012-13 Ayr (3) 28 – 25 * Melrose
2013-14 Heriot's (3) 31 – 10 Glasgow Hawks
2014-15 Boroughmuir (4) 55 – 17 Hawick
2015-16 Heriot's (4) 21 – 13 Melrose
2016-17 Melrose (3) 23 – 18 Ayr
2017-18 Melrose (4) 45 – 12 Stirling County

* after extra time

bold - winning team were also Scottish Premiership champions

Scottish Cup Wins by ClubEdit

  • Boroughmuir: 4
  • Heriot's: 4
  • Melrose: 4
  • Ayr: 3
  • Glasgow Hawks: 3
  • Gala: 2
  • Hawick: 2
  • Watsonians: 1

2006-2007: Scottish SuperCupEdit

In season 2006-2007 Premiership One consisted of only 10 clubs, a situation that saw a supplementary competition, the Scottish SuperCup created. The competition included the 10 clubs split into two groups of 5, with the pool winners meeting in a Final at Myreside. With Premiership One reverting to 12 clubs again for 2007-2008, it was abandoned after only one season.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Scottish Rugby Record 2016/17" (PDF).