CHARLIE BRETT scored Currie Chieftains’ first and last tries against Musselburgh and had a hand in two others so is named at full-back ahead of Ryan Cottrell of Selkirk.
Lewis Ferguson of Hawick sees off stiff competition from two-try Ross McKnight of Heriot’s Blues, Mason Cullen of Jed-Forest and Luca Bardelli of GHA for selection on the right wing. Meanwhile, Sandy Watt‘s speed and power can be a real asset on the left wing for Musselburgh when he manages to get himself into the game, so he gets the nod ahead of Ryan Flett of Glasgow Hawks and two-try replacement Jack Jacobson of Marr.
Charlie Lonegran of GHA is named at outside-centre, partnering Ross Nixon of Selkirk at inside-centre, while Christian Townsend‘s slick hands for Currie Chieftains sees him named at No 10, and veteran Graham Wilson‘s control and place-kicking was key to Heriot’s getting an important win away to GHA so he edges out Hawick’s Gareth Welsh at scrum-half.
Last weekend’s Premiership match reports:
In the pack, Shawn Muir was once again outstanding for Hawick at loose-head prop but misses out this week to Luke Pettie of Selkirk, who played a key role in the Borderers’ win at Balgray, which sees them leap ahead of Glasgow Hawks into the play-off places.
It was a tight call at hooker but Blair Jardine did just enough as a key figure in Marr’s return to winning ways against Edinburgh Accies to edge out Danny Dineen of Heriot’s Blues, Ross Graham of Hawick, Finlay Scott of Jed-Forest and Ryan Stewart of Currie Chieftains – while his Fullarton team-mate Craig Miller‘s high carry and tackle count sees him named at tight-head prop.
Plenty of competition for a berth in the boiler-house, with Gordon Reid of Marr and James Head of Selkirk both being named The Offside Line’s man-of-the-match in their respective matches against Edinburgh Accies and Glasgow Hawks, Michael Badenhorst and William Fleming took the game to the opposition for struggling Musselburgh, and Shaun Fairbairn of Hawick and Clark Skeldon of Jed were at the heart of the action in the Border derby at Mansfield. On this occasion, however, Richard Thompson was a stand-out for Edinburgh Accies on a disappointing day for the former league leaders at Fullarton, so is named alongside Leo Gordon of Heriot’s Blues.
Connor Sutherland has established himself as a key man in the all-conquering (so far) Hawick pack, as a useful line-out target who also covers acres of pitch and is an important carrier for his team, so he is named at blindside flanker, with Scott McClymont of Selkirk at open-side, and Garry Young of Jed making it an all-Border back-row triumvirate after being chosen just ahead of the consistently excellent Rhys Davies of Currie Chieftains at No 8.
15. Charlie Brett (Currie Chieftains)
14. Lewis Ferguson (Hawick)
13. Charlie Lonergan (GHA)
12. Ross Nixon (Selkirk)
11. Sandy Watt (Musselburgh)
10. Christian Townsend (Currie Chieftains)
9. Graham Wilson (Heriot’s Blues)
1. Luke Pettie (Selkirk)
2. Blair Jardine (Marr)
3. Craig Miller (Marr)
4. Leo Gordon (Heriot’s Blues)
5. Richard Thompson (Edinburgh Accies)
6. Connor Sutherland (Hawick)
7. Scott McClymont (Selkirk)
8. Garry Young (Jed-Forest)