SOME familiar faces in the back-three. Selkirk’s Ryan Cottrell retains the full-back slot he earned last week, and Jamie Forbes of Currie Chieftains makes his third consecutive Dream Team as a winger, despite playing most of the game at stand-off following the concussion suffered by Gregor Hunter. Marr’s Greg Montgomery edges out the powerful running Scott Derrick of GHA on the other wing.
Loads of competition at centre. Ultimately, Robbie Kent of Edinburgh Accies sees off two-try Andrew Mitchell of Hawick and Jamie Shedden of Marr for the No 13 jersey, with DJ Innes of Currie Chieftains getting the nod ahead of Glen Welsh (Hawick), Max MacFarlane (GHA) and Neil Armstrong (Edinburgh Accies) at No 12.
Andrew Goudie‘s game management was crucial to GHA’s excellent derby win away to Glasgow Hawks, so he is at stand-off ahead of Kirk Ford of Hawick, Scott Clark of Selkirk and Danny Owenson (Musselburgh). Scrum-half is Musselburgh’s Luhan Kotze.
Musselburgh’s Craig Owenson is desperately unlucky to miss out at loose-head after a dominant scrum performance against marr and an excellent finish in the corner which a winger would have been proud of, but Erik Cavan‘s performance at the pit-face in that big win for GHA edges it. Ross Graham was outstanding at hooker for Hawick, and that man Paulo Ferreira just keeps scoring tries from tight-head prop, picking up his ninth of the season for Jed in a losing cause against Hawick.
Hamish Ferguson of Currie Chieftains links up with Jamie McCarthy, the inspirational GHA skipper, in the engine-room.
Strong cases for selection at blindside flanker were made by the relentless Scott Plumridge of GHA, Jamie Sole of Edinburgh Accies, Ben McNeil of Jed-Forest and Marr’s Calum Steel – who was a livewire in open-play and among his team’s try-scorers – but Calum Renwick of Hawick just edges it after an all-action performance at Riverside Park.
Robert Brown made some important hard yards for Marr and was a major contributor in his team’s gritty win at Musselburgh so is at open-side. No 8 goes to Ewan McDougall, just ahead of opposite number Ruairi Campbell of Edinburgh Accies), Jack Bruce of GHA, workhorse Luke Hutson of Musselburgh and Rhys Davies of Currie Chieftains.
15. Ryan Cottrell (Selkirk)
14. Jamie Forbes (Currie Chieftains)
13. Robbie Kent (Edinburgh Accies)
12. DJ Innes (Currie Chieftains)
11. Greg Montgomery (Marr)
10. Andrew Goudie (GHA)
9. Luhan Kotze (Musselburgh)
1. Erik Cavan (GHA)
2. Ross Graham (Hawick)
3. Paulo Ferreira (Jed-Forest)
4. Hamish Ferguson (Currie Chieftains)
5. Jamie McCarthy (GHA)
6. Calum Renwick (Hawick)
7. Robert Brown (Marr)
8. Ewan MacDougall (Selkirk)