IT was a tight call between Ross Jones of Heriot’s and Andrew Chalmers of Watsonians for the number 15 jersey, and in the end the Goldeanacre man’s nerveless last minute penalty which kept his team’s hopes of making the play-offs alive (just) edged it.
Ayr youngster James Armstrong ran powerfully all day and took his try up the right touchline well, while Jordan Edmunds of Boroughmuir gets the other wing slot. Meanwhile, Conor Bickerstaff at inside centre is one of three Marr players to make the team after they shock victory over Currie Chieftains, with his powerful 45-yard charge for his team’s fourth try the highlight of an excellent all-round performance, and he lines up alongside the classy Nyle Godsmark of Melrose at outside centre.
Ross Curle scored two tries and showed all his experience and rugby savvy at stand-off for Stirling County in their big win over Glasgow Hawks, which should see the Bridgehaugh men clear of the relegation play-off this season. His half-back partner Peter Jericevich was also influential in that victory so gets the number nine jersey, just ahead of Murdo McAndrew of Melrose.
Another solid shift in a powerful forwards effort from Melrose sees Nick Beavon selected at tight-head prop, while Greg Jackson at loose-head was another one of Marr’s outstanding performers in that win over the Chieftains. Hawick hooker Fraser Renwick’s spectacular cover tackle on Craig Gossman earns him the number two berth.
The second-row was hotly contested, but ultimately Fin Field of Boroughmuir and Rob McAlpine of Ayr edged in ahead of Dalton Redpath of Hawick, Euan Dods of Watsonians and Hamilton Burr of Stirling County.
In the back-row, old Bell Baxter school pals Rory Drummond and Michael Fedo rboth get the nod after playing influential roles in Watsonians’ impressive fight-back from 0-15 down against Boroughmuir to secure a seventh straight league victory on the bounce. Angus Johnston of Marr is at open-side.
15. Ross Jones (Heriot’s)
14. James Armstrong (Ayr)
13. Nyle Godsmark (Melrose)
12. Conor Bickerstaff (Marr)
11. Jordan Edmunds (Boroughmuir)
10. Ross Curle (Stirling County)
9. Peter Jericevich (Stirling County)
1. Greg Jackson (Marr)
2. Fraser Renwick (Hawick)
3. Nick Beavon (Melrose)
4. Fin Field (Boroughmuir)
5. Rob McAlpine (Ayr)
6. Rory Drummond (Watsonians)
7. Angus Johnston (Marr)
8. Michael Fedo (Watsonians)