Premiership Dream Team for weekend of 19th November

Some tough calls in the front five after a weekend featuring some brutal wars of attrition

Shawn Muir marked his 200th game for Hawick with a man-of-the-match performance. Image: Malcolm Grant
Shawn Muir marked his 200th game for Hawick with a man-of-the-match performance. Image: Malcolm Grant

A SOLID performance which featured a couple of try-assists sees Kirk Ford of Hawick named at full-back. Luca Bardelli scored a try and had several dangerous runs as GHA claimed local bragging rights and five valuable league points away to Glasgow Hawks, while Ryan Daley is on the other wing having come off the bench to claim a brace as Currie Chieftains put 14-man Edinburgh Accies to the sword.

Josh Welsh‘s well-timed and angled run on to Ross Nixon‘s pass for Selkirk’s bonus point try versus Jed-Forest which lit up a match which was more a battle of attraction sees him selected in the No 13 jersey, while Iain Sim‘s big impact off the bench for Currie Chieftains as a replacement for the injured DJ Innes gets him the nod at No 12.

Kyle Brunton of Hawick forms a half-back partnership with try-scorer George Baird of GHA.


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Meanwhile, in the pack, Selkirk’s powerful scrum laid the platform for their big Border derby win over Jed, and all three of the starters made strong cases for selection. However, TOL’s man-of-the-match Luke Pettie misses out at loose-head on this occasion to Hawick’s double-centurion Shawn Muir (who was also man-of-the-match versus Musselburgh), and Zenon Szwagrzak misses out to Marr’s man-of-the-match Craig Miller at tight-head, leaving hooker Bruce Riddell as the only Souter to get the nod, ahead of two-try Ross Graham of Hawick.

James Head and Scott McClymont, both also of Selkirk, made strong cases for inclusion in the middle-row of the scrum, as did Struan Whittaker who dotted down twice for Edinburgh Accies in defeat at Malleny, but Will Inglis‘ set-piece work and general contribution in the loose for Currie Chieftains gets him the nod, alongside Gordon Reid, who scored a try and was a key part of a powerful forward performance which saw Marr home against Heriot’s Blues.

In the back-row, Allan Ferrie‘s powerful running and two early tries for Selkirk sent them on their way to victory over Jed so he is at blindside, GHA skipper Dario Ewing had a huge game featuring turnovers, big-hits and an important try so he is named ahead of Hawick’s Callum Renwick at openside, and Paul Bogie was outstanding fighting against the tide for Musselburgh at Mansfield Park so is named at No 8.

 

15. Kirk Ford (Hawick)

 

14. Luca Bardelli (GHA)

13. Josh Welsh (Selkirk)

12. Iain Sim (Currie Chieftains)

11. Ryan Daley (Currie Chieftains)

 

10. Kyle Brunton (Hawick)

9. George Baird (GHA)

 

1. Shawn Muir (Hawick)

2. Bruce Riddell (Selkirk)

3. Craig Miller (Marr)

4. Will Inglis (Currie Chieftains)

5. Gordon Reid (Marr)

6. Allan Ferrie (Selkirk)

7. Dario Ewing (GHA)

8. Paul Bogie (Musselburgh)


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