KIRK FORD was outstanding at full-back as Hawick extended their unbeaten run this season to nine game so is selected at full-back ahead of the unfortunate Vincent Hart of Edinburgh Accies, who also out in a man-of-the-match performance as his team got back to winning ways against GHA.
Sam Graham‘s brace for Glasgow Hawks against Heriot’s Blues sees him selected on the right wing ahead of Mason Cullen of Jed-Forest and Lachlan Ferguson of Selkirk, while James McCaig is on the left after dotting down for the Chieftains and defending well against a dangerous Jed back three, scoring a vital late turnover five yards from his team’s line and on the opposite wing .
It was a tight call at outside-centre, and James Pinkerton‘s energy in attack as Glasgow Hawks battled back from 19-7 down to beat Heriot’s Blues deserves hearty commendation, but Rory Marshall of Jed gets the spot this week. Inside-centre Grant Huggan of Hawick pushed Ford all the way for man-of-the-match at Philiphaugh and edges out Ross Nixon, who started at stand-off but moved to 12 later in the game.
Welcome to the party Musselburgh, for whom Matthew McMillan was impressive with ball in hand and kept his cool off the tee as the Stoneyhill side secured their first win of the season against last season’s champions, Marr, who really need to alter the trajectory of their season after losing four on the bounce.
His Musselburgh team-mate Fionn Call made a string case for selection at scrum-half, but Eric Davey‘s tempo was key Hawks ran away from Heriot’s Blues after a tough opening half hour so that gets him the nod.
In the pack, Chieftains loose-head Chris Anderson was everywhere, scored a try and won a couple of crucial turnovers, so is at loose-head. Finlay Scott, the hooker with an educated left boot, kicked four-from-four off the tee and his distribution skills allied to his strong defence earned him the TOL’s man-of-the-match award, but he is edged out by Istok Totic of Glasgow Hawks, who was immense in the tight and loose for Glasgow Hawks. Neil McNairn of Musselburgh gave as good as he got against former Scotland loose-head Gordon Reid to earn selection at tight-head.
Edinburgh Accies youngster Euan McVie is in the second-row with William Fleming, who was a bulwark in a phenomenal defensive effort by Musselburgh against Marr, with Dalton Redpath of Hawick missing out on this occasion.
Gary Neill of Musselburgh sees off the marauding Sebastian Hastings of Glasgow Hawks and Kyle Steel of Currie Chieftains at blindside, Jamie Sole of Edinburgh Accies is at openside and Rhys Davies‘ leadership and aggression at No 8 was once again a he asset for Chieftains, so he edges out Ben McNeill of Jed-Forest.
15. Kirk Ford (Hawick)
14. Sam Graham (Glasgow Hawks)
13. Rory Marshall (Jed-Forest)
12. Grant Huggan (Hawick)
11. James McCaig (Currie Chieftains)
10. Matthew McMillan (Musselburgh)
9. Eric Davey (Glasgow Hawks)
1. Chris Anderson (Currie Chieftains)
2. Istok Totic (Glasgow Hawks)
3. Neil McNairn (Musselburgh)
4. Euan McVie (Edinburgh Accies)
5. William Fleming (Musselburgh)
6. Gary Neill (Musselburgh)
7. Jamie Sole (Edinburgh Accies)
8. Rhys Davies (Currie Chieftains)