Premiership Dream Team – for 29th January 2022

Lots of centres put their hands up for selection this week with hat-trick hero Joe Edwards of Currie Chieftains and Max MacFarlane of GHA edging selection

Dream Team No 8 Rhys Davies was in the thick of the action against Jed-Forest. Image: Ian Gidney
Dream Team No 8 Rhys Davies was in the thick of the action against Jed-Forest. Image: Ian Gidney
DESPITE picking up a yellow-card, that wily campaigner Dougie Steele of Marr earns selection at full-back ahead of Charlie Brett of Currie Chieftains. Team-mate Scott Bickerstaff also played a leading role in Marr’s late surge to victory at Edinburgh Accies so wears 14, while two-try Scott Derrick of GHA  edges out Ronan Joy of Glasgow Hawks on the opposite touchline.

Joe Reynolds claimed a superb hat-trick for league leaders Currie Chieftains so forms a classy centre partnership with Max MacFarlane of GHA, which means Brendan McGroarty of Glasgow Hawks, Vincent Hart and Robbie Kent of Edinburgh Accies, Charlie Lonrgan of GHA and Glen Welsh of Hawick. The competition in the middle of the park was intense this week.

Kirk Ford of Hawick is at stand-off alongside Paddy Boyer at scrum-half, who had his best performance to date since joining Currie Chieftains at the start of the season.


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In the pack, tight-head prop Clem Lacour had a big role in Edinburgh Accies dominating Marr for 60 minutes at Raeburn Place on Saturday and was unfortunate to end up on the losing team, so gets the nod just ahead of AP McWilliam of the Chieftains. He is joined in the front-row by Hawick duo Ross Graham – retaining the hooker slot he was handed last week – and Shawn Muir at loose-head.

In the engine-room, Stephen Leckey had to manage his game time after so long battling injury but his talismanic influence for Hawks was evident in an important win on the road against Selkirk, which helped exorcise some of the demons from the team’s capitulation to GHA the previous weekend. He is partnered by Patrick Mulholland, who is one of several players determined to show that Aberdeen Grammar will not go down without a fight.

In the back-row, Lewis Stewart of Glasgow Hawks edges out Fraser Grant of Marr at blindside, Scott McLymont of Selkirk is at openside, and the consistently excellent Rhys Davies wears No 8 ahead of a handful of strong performers such as Ben Johnston of Marr, Ruari Campbell of Edinburgh Accies, Luke Hutson of Musselburgh and two-try Stuart Graham of Hawick.

 

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15. Dougie Steele (Marr)

 

14. Scott Bickerstaff (Marr)

13. Joe Reynolds (Currie Chieftains)

12. Max MacFarlane (GHA)

11. Scott Derrick (GHA)

 

10. Kirk Ford (Hawick)

9.  Paddy Boyer (Currie Chieftains)

 

1. Shawn Muir (Hawick)

2. Ross Graham (Hawick)

3. Clem Lacour (Edinburgh Accies)

4. Stephen Leckey (Glasgow Hawks)

5. Patrick Mulholland (Aberdeen Grammar)

6. Lewis Stewart (Glasow Hawks) 

7. Scott McClymont (Selkirk)

8. Rhys Davies (Currie Chieftains) 


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