LEWIS WALKER had a busy afternoon at full-back for Jed so is selected in the No 15 jersey this week. Josh Welsh twice held his nerve off the kicking tee and who took his try well as Selkirk got the better of Heriot’s Blues so is 14 just ahead of the physically impressive Sam Graham of Glasgow Hawks. Charlie Simpson’s big impact off the bench sees him edge into the 11 jersey ahead of Amena Caqusau (two half chances, two tries) of GHA and Harris Mitchell (who also dotted down twice) of Glasgow Hawks.
It’s good to see the Bickerstaff brothers (Scott and Conor) back in tandem for Marr, and their presence in the middle of the park was undoubtedly a factor in last season’s champions securing a win over this season’s favourites, Currie Chieftains, so they are selected ahead of James Pinkerton of Glasgow Hawks and Paul Christie of Heriot’s.
At half-back, Gavin Cruickshanks is rewarded with selection at stand-off after pulling the strings as Hawks ran up big win over Musselburgh, and Grant Baird was equally influential at scrum-half as Marr toppled Currie Chieftains so is at scrum-half, selected just ahead of Jed-Forest’s Aidan Bambrick.
Teenager Callum Smyth came on at hooker for Selkirk but loose-head is his preferred position and he is a player with big potential who should be in the frame for Scotland under-20s honours this season. Two-try Istok Totic of Glasgow Hawks is at hooker. And Cairn Ramsay put in another big 80 minute shift at tight-head in a Currie Chieftains scrum which will feel aggrieved at the controversial end to the game which saw the league leaders lose their 100 percent record for this season.
Max Crumlish has an excellent game in the second-row for Glasgow Hawks, where he links arms with Dalton Redpath of Hawick, while Andrew Cochrane of Selkirk is unlucky to miss out.
Cameron Young was a late call-up to Marr’s starting XV and took it in his stride so is named at blindside flanker ahead of Callum Champion of Musselburgh and Connor Sutherland of Hawick. His Fullarton team-mate Robert Brown was exceptionally close to also making selection at openside, as was Daniel Sweeney of Glasgow Hawks and Sam Wallace of Heriot’s Blues, but Callum Renwick of Hawick edges it on this occasion. Monroe Job of Selkirk is at No 8.
15. Lewis Walker (Jed-Forest)
14. Josh Welsh (Selkirk)
13. Scott Bickerstaff (Marr)
12. Conor Bickerstaff (Marr)
11. Charlie Simpson (Heriot’s Blues)
10. Gavin Cruickshanks (Glasgow Hawks)
9. Grant Baird (Marr)
1. Callum Smyth (Selkirk)
2. Istok Totic (Glasgow Hawks)
3. Cairn Ramsay (Currie Chieftains)
4. Dalton Redpath (Hawick)
5. Max Crumlish (Glasgow Hawks)
6. Cameron Young (Marr)
7. Callum Renwick (Hawick)
8. Monroe Job (Selkirk)