10 THINGS TO TAKEAWAY FROM ROUND 14 OF THE BT PREMIERSHIP

  • On the day, Melrose’s clinical power and control (with and without the ball) was too much for Ayr. Another man-of-the-match performance from stand-off Craig Jackson, who has certainly stepped up to the mark since taking over the number ten jersey at the start of the month.
  • It was always going to be an uphill struggle for Ayr at The Greenyards without the tactically astute Frazier Climo, but cards kill – and players need to be aware that Keith Allen is particularly keen on them.
  • Hawks won ugly again against Heriots – but, hopefully, they will come back from the Christmas break reinvigorated, and presumably with their principal play-maker, George Horn, back in harness.
  • It just was not there for Currie against Watsonians, but Glasgow pro Rory Clegg saved the bacon by kicking his goals and setting up a good try up for Ben Robbins; enabling them to leap-frog above Heriot’s to fourth spot in the table.
  • Heriots had to settle for a losing bonus point on what was, for them, a dreich nothing afternoon at Old Anniesland. Big game against Currie on 14 January.
  • Former American football star and current Glasgow pro, Langi Haupeakui’s troubles at Stirling continued with a red card at Netherdale, but his teammates dug deep and ground out a much needed win.
  • Thrills and spills from the Boroughmuir back division against Hawick. Dangerous stuff, but they got away with it thanks to a tremendous last gasp tackle by Chris Laidlaw on Darcy Graham. Callum Atkinson gave them an important edge at the line-out, and Edinburgh pro scrum-half Nathan Fowles was unbridled in his enthusiasm.
  • Another painfully slow start from Watsonians against Currie. Plenty positives – but no cigar! Scrum half Reiss Cullen had a great game.
  • A disappointing result for Gala against Stirling. A game they could have won, but let down by their scrum – again. The relegation road heads inexorably to Mansfield on 11 February.
  • A brave effort from Hawick at Meggetland but nothing was happening for them behind the scrum where they tended to look for contact rather than try to find some space for the ever threatening Darcy Graham. They struggled with their line-out, but pro prop Jack Cosgrove stabilised their scrum impressively, until his fatal seventieth minute yellow card. Mattie Douglas’ dying minute penalty did, however, earn what might still be a very vital bonus point.

Image courtesy: Douglas Hardie

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David Barnes
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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Herald/Sunday Herald, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.