LEWIS YOUNG is always a handful and finished off brother Gregor’s midfield break to clinch the bonus point and the win for Jed-Forest over Musselburgh.
Try-scoring is the key performance indicator for any winger so Morgan Tait of Hawick gets the No14 jersey, and Calum McNeill of Selkirk showed up well in his first game of the season after injury so wears 11.
Robbie Kent retains his slot at outside centre after another impressive all-round performance for Edinburgh Accies in a big win over GHA, topped off by a 70-yard bonus-point securing try. That means Kirk Ford misses out despite being a stand-out for Hawick in Aberdeen, while Jamie Shedden impressed again for Marr against Selkirk. The excellent, talismanic, two-try Conor Bickerstaff of Marr is at inside-centre.
Gregor Hunter is a class act and provided the direction and leadership required for Currie Chieftains to grind out a gritty win at Glasgow Hawks. Scrum-half Nik Stingl struggled to impose himself in the first half for Jed against Musselburgh, but loaded the bullets expertly as the Borderers started to really fire after the break.
Up front, Paddy Brown had the Jed scrum in all set of trouble so he earns the No1 jersey ahead of Cole Imrie of Edinburgh Accies, Gregor Hiddleston scored a try and was the pick of the GHA pack at hooker on a disappointing afternoon for the team generally at Raeburn Place, and William Farquhar of Marr is at tight-head.
Rhys Davies hit tackles, was a handful at line-outs, scored a try and won a vital turnover for Currie Chieftains against Hawks, so he partners Gregor Law, who came off the bench to add some serious steel to the Jed-Forest pack against Musselburgh, in the second-row.
Teenage blindside flanker Corey Tait was into everything as Hawick put Aberdeen to the sword, while openside Matt Walker was one of three Edinburgh Accies back-rowers to make a strong case for selection this week, with Jamie Sole and Ru Campbell unfortunate to miss out on this occasion. Fraser Grant was also impressive at blindside for Marr.
Euan MacDougall is a totemic figure for Selkirk and his return at No8 was key to a much-improved performance by the Philiphaugh men which forced league leaders Marr to really battle for their win.
Youngsters Glen Robertson and Corey Buchan stood up to be counted in the back-row on another tough afternoon for Aberdeen, helping provide some hope that better days may be on the horizon for Ali O’Connor‘s side.
15. Lewis Young (Jed-Forest)
14. Morgan Tait (Hawick)
13. Robbie Kent (Edinburgh Accies)
12. Conor Bickerstaff (Marr)
11. Calum McNeill (Selkirk)
10. Gregor Hunter (Currie Chieftains)
9. Nik Stingl (Jed-Forest)
1. Paddy Brown (Musselburgh)
2. Gregor Hiddleston (GHA)
3. William Farquhar (Marr)
4. Rhys Davies (Currie Chieftains)
5. Gregor Law (Jed-Forest)
6. Corey Tait (Hawick)
7. Matt Walker (Edinburgh Accies)
8. Euan MacDougall (Selkirk)