10 talking points from round 4 of the Tennent’s Premiership

Then there were two – only Ayr and Melrose remain unbeaten – and they face each other next week

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  • Heriot’s were without several of their big guns up front – and perhaps more significantly Rob Kay’s defensive drive in the middle of the park, especially in the first half when they seemed helpless against wave upon wave of Ayr attack. The youngster is likely to be out for a couple more weeks with a knee injury suffered at training on Thursday night, but Ruaridh Leishman, Callum Marshall and maybe even Jason Hill are in the frame to bolster the pack for next weekend’s trip to Bridgehaugh, and teenage winger Jack Blain will also return.



  • Alan Hansen famously said that ‘you can’t win anything with kids’ – but Stirling County did so on Saturday, when (with eight 19-year-olds on board), a powerful scrum and youthful exuberance earned them a tight but thoroughly merited victory over play-off rivals, Currie Chieftains. Heriots this week will be a more physical challenge for the youngsters.




  • Glasgow Hawks have maybe, as Fin Gillies suggests, ‘got the monkey off their backs’ – but they were lucky to escape from Mansfield with a win, which owed much to Liam Brims immaculate goal kicking and Grant Stewart’s blockbusting play. It ultimately came down to Hawick’s poor discipline in the final fifteen minutes.


  • Another slow start from Edinburgh Accies, who were trailing Melrose 33-0 wth seven minutes of the second half played – but then fought back to match Melrose point for point from there on in. This season was, for them, always going to be about getting up to speed with the bigger, better, more experienced players that the Premiership was going to throw at them – and by and large they are making progress in that direction.


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