10 talking points from round 1 of the Tennent’s Premiership

Winning start to the season for Ayr, Chieftains, Heriot's, Melrose and Wastonians

Craig Jackson Melrose Hawick
Melrose stand-off Craig Jackson in action against Hawick ***Image courtesy: Douglas Hardie***
  • Melrose won comfortably enough at Mansfield, but were flattered by a couple of late tries. Their backs were as sharp as ever with Craig Jackson and Fraser Thomson outstanding – but their pack was surprisingly subdued and forced to play second fiddle to Hawick for most of the second half.


  • None of the costly ‘first day blues’ for Heriots as they comprehensively bullied Glasgow Hawks out of it at Balgray – and on this showing they must fancy their chances up front against any team in the league. Their quality behind will no doubt be tested by Watsonians at Goldenacre next week.



  • Ayr ‘found a way to win’ against Edinburgh Accies according to Peter Murchie – but they were made to work for it. Kyle Rowe bagged them a couple of good debut tries – but they will need to step it up a gear to successfully defend the Bill McLaren Shield against Currie Chieftains at Millbrae next Saturday.






  • Rumours of Glasgow Hawks demise may have been slightly exaggerated but it is going to be a long hard season for Finlay Gillies and his young squad, though they showed plenty of spirit against Heriots – and have done very well in the pro draft.


  • The Hawick forwards got stuck in against Melrose but their back division was pedestrian and their midfield defence was poor. Their set piece was fine apart from a couple of errant throws and the work rate was excellent, though there was a tendency to take the deck too readily. They need to work on their receipt of restarts and be more ambitious in their line kicking from penalties – but if they can find a spark behind they could rattle a few cages.

This week’s BT Premiership match reports –

Tennent’s Premiership: Heriot’s pack power blows Hawks away

Tennent’s Premiership: Watsonians edge it as County rue missed opportunities

Tennent’s Premiership: Currie Chieftains prove their quality as Boroughmuir flatter to deceive

Tennent’s Premiership: Rowe double gives Ayr the edge over Accies


Tennent’s Premiership: Melrose too hot for Hawick