Premiership dream team – for 16th October 2021

Some tough calls, particularly at No8 where Lewis McNamara of Glasgow Hawks edged selection ahead of Jae Linton of Hawick and Ewan McDougall of Selkirk

Morgan Tait makes the Dream Team for the second week on the bounce. Image: Malcolm Grant
Morgan Tait makes the Dream Team for the second week on the bounce. Image: Malcolm Grant

BAILEY DONALDSON and Morgan Tait had big games against Jed-Forest’s highly-rated backline as Hawick picked up a Border derby win at Mansfield so they wear No15 and No14 respectively in this week’s Premiership Dream Team, with the final slot in the back-three going to Fraser Sayers who made a big impact off the bench and scored two tries in Currie Chieftains’ home win over Aberdeen Grammar. Ben Appleson is unlucky to miss out after another impressive performance at full-back for Edinburgh Accies.

Scott and Conor Bickerstaff were devastating as a centre partnership for Marr in their home win over Musselburgh, which means Fraser Gosse of Glasgow Hawks and Robbie Kent of Edinburgh Accies unlucky to miss out.

Jamie Loomes‘ vision in attack and his control of the game in the second half with accurate territorial kicking in Edinburgh Accies narrow win over Selkirk gets him selection at stand-off, with means Hawick’s Kirk Ford – not for the first time this season – is desperate unlucky to miss out. His half-back partner is Finlay Burgess of Glasgow Hawks, who scored a long range-opportunist try versus GHA.


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In the pack, Tony Brogan of GHA is at loose-head, two-try Ryan Stewart is at hooker after being selected by his coaches as Currie Chieftains’ man-of-the-match, and William Farquhar of Marr retains the tight-head jersey.

Jack McLean of Glasgow Hawks links up with Finlay Simpson of Edinburgh Accies in the engine-room, with William Fleming of Musselburgh – who has a consistently high work-rate in both defence and attack – missing out.

Matt Crawford is an exciting emerging player for Musselburgh, with good footwork and the ability to break the game-line, and a pretty powerful tackle, so he gets the nod this week at blindside. Scott McClymont of Selkirk edges out Robert Brown of Marr at open-side. And it was a really tough call at No8 between Lewis McNamara of Glasgow Hawks, Jae Linton of Hawick and Ewan McDougall of Selkirk who all had huge games, with the first of those names just edging it by virtue of his two tries.

 

 

15. Bailey Donaldson (Hawick)

 

14. Morgan Tait (Hawick)

13. Scott Bickerstaff (Marr)

12. Conor Bickerstaff (Marr)

11. Fraser Sayers (Currie Chieftains)

 

10. Jamie Loomes (Edinburgh Accies)

9. Finlay Burgess (Glasgow Hawks)

 

1. Tony Brogan (GHA)

2. Ryan Stewart (Currie Chieftains)

3. William Farquhar (Marr)

4. Jack McLean (Glasgow Hawks)

5. Finlay Simpson (Edinburgh Accies)

6. Matt Crawford (Musselburgh)

7.  Scott McClymont (Selkirk)

8. Lewis McNamara (Glasgow Hawks)


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