VINCENT HART of Edinburgh Accies is unlucky to miss out to the dangerous Grant Mollison at full-back, and there is another GHA man on the right wing, with Adam Scott’s razor-sharp kicking and match-winning try against Hawick edging him ahead of two-try Cameron Meager in the battle for the No14 jersey. Meanwhile, Mark Sinclair is on the opposite touchline having taken the transition from scrum-half in his stride with a try-scoring performance in a big win for Edinburgh Accies at home to Jed-Forest.
Logan Gordon-Woolley of Hawick is at outside-centre, and his partner in the middle of the park is DJ Innes, who was excellent for Currie Chieftains in their big win over Marr. Fraser Gosse pushed hard for that No12 jersey based on his first half performance for Glasgow Hawks against Aberdeen Grammar, but the fact he missed the second half with a hamstring injury counted against him.
There was plenty of competition at stand-off and Gregor Hunter of Chieftains, Jamie Loomes of Edinburgh Accies and Callum Anderson of Selkirk were leading contenders, but miss out to Liam Brims, who “oozed class throughout” and kicked his goals as Glasgow Hawks put Aberdeen Grammar to the sword.
Sinjin Broad‘s determination and skill-levels on a tough afternoon for Marr at Malleny earns him the scrum-half slot ahead of Gareth Welsh, who was a real threat around the fringes for Hawick and caught GHA napping with one quick tap which led to a score.
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In the pack, try-scoring Cole Imrie of Edinburgh Accies is at loose-head, the hard-working Paul Cairncross of Glasgow Hawks is at hooker, and Scotland Under-20s extended training squad member Gregor Scougall of Currie Chieftains stood up well to Gordon Reid so edges out Hawick’s Ruaridh McLeod at tight-head.
Rhys Davies, who was pressed into action in the second-row for Currie Chieftains, did well enough out of position to make the team-of-the-week, and he is accompanied by Selkirk’s Thomas Brown – a lockdown recruit from Melrose – in the engine-room. Finlay Simpson of Edinburgh Accies and Sione Halafihi of Glasgow Hawks are unlucky to miss out.
Andrew McColm was an unsung hero of Selkirk’s victory over Musselburgh, with the blindside flanker getting through a power of the less glamorous work such tackling and hitting rucks. Jamie Sole‘s two tries and all-round excellent performance for Edinburgh Accies sees him get the nod ahead of Fergus Scott of Currie Chieftains at openside. And the rumbustious Selkirk skipper Ewan MacDougall is at No8 after scoring a pivotal try – an excellent team effort – just before half-time for the Philiphaugh men, meaning Lewis McNamara is ommitted this week despite another big shift for Glasgow Hawks.
15. Grant Mollison (GHA)
14. Adam Scott (GHA)
13. Logan Gordon-Woolley (Hawick)
12. DJ Innes (Currie Chieftains)
11. Mark Sinclair (Edinburgh Accies)
10. Liam Brims (Glasgow Hawks)
9. Sinjin Broad (Marr)
1. Cole Imrie (Edinburgh Accies)
2. Paul Cairncross (Glasgow Hawks)
3. Gregor Scougall (Currie Chieftains)
4. Rhys Davies (Currie Chieftains)
5. Thomas Brown (Selkirk)
6. Andrew McColm (Selkirk)
7. Jamie Sole (Edinburgh Accies)
8. Ewan MacDougall (Selkirk)
I was at GHA v Hawick and I thought big Sam Frizzell in the Hawick back row had an impressive and impactful game. For GHA, Jamie McCarthy was a one-man motivation mountain at times, that kept his team in the game, and Max MacFarlane was a good leader in the backs. Unlucky not to make TOW.