CALLUM YOUNG scored Jed-Forest’s opening try in their excellent win over Glasgow Hawks at Balgray and was a constant threat with ball in hand to earn selection at full-back ahead of Iain Kay of Heriot’s Blues and Callum Anderson of Selkirk.
Wearing No 14 for the second week on the bounce is James Ferguson, a try-scorer for Musselburgh in their surprise away win over Selkirk, while two-try Ross Darroch edges selection at No 11 ahead of the lively Jack Scott of Marr and Ronan McKean of Hawick.
Ryan Southern‘s penetrative running for Currie Chieftains, especially in the first half, put him in the frayme for the outside-centre slot, and Scott Bickerstaff of Marr was also a contender, but Gregor Young‘s role in Jed’s comeback win gives him the edge, while Australian Ethan Reilly was outstanding as a link man, a line-breaker and as a impenetrable defender in Hawick’s big win over Edinburgh Accies.
This weekend’s Premiership match reports:
- Premiership: Hawick blow Edinburgh Accies away
- Premiership: Musselburgh claim morale-boosting win at Selkirk
- Premiership: Marr maintain winning ways against indisciplined GHA
- Premiership: Jed-Forest clinch away win over Glasgow Hawks in dramatic finale
- Premiership: Currie Chieftains edge a Malleny thriller against Heriot’s Blues
Reilly’s influence helped Kyle Brunton produce an assured performance at stand-off for table-topping Hawick, which included a brilliant cut-out pass which sent McKean over for their bonus-point score, so he lines-up at half back with the authoritative Danny Owenson of Musselburgh at scrum-half. That means that Hawick’s Gareth Welsh, who scored two tries and set up a third, and his replacement Hector Patterson, who brought real tempo to the Mansfield party, miss out on selection this week.
Marr’s dominant scrum could have seen any of their front-row selected this week, but Cairn Ramsay‘s man-of-the-match performance at tight-head for Currie Chieftains versus Heriot’s and Fraser Renwick‘s heroics for Hawick (which saw him selected at hooker ahead of Jed’s Finlay Scott and GHA’s Archie Falconer), means that loose-head prop Gordie Reid is the only member of that Fullarton triumvirate to make the cut.
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Michael Badenhorst, who has left Super6 so will be available to Musselburgh for the remainder of the season, forms a second-row partnership with Malachy Keough, who made a big impact off the bench at line-out and around the park as Heriot’s pushed Currie Chieftains all the way at Malleny.
Fraser Grant was a constant threat for Marr against GHA, picking up twi first-half tries, so he is at blindside flanker, while Max Outram‘s excellent performance for Musselburgh sees him selected at openside just ahead of Calum Renwick of Hawks, and Jed new-recruit Ben Fotheringham – all the way from Invercargill – edges out Ben Johnston of Marr at No 8.
15. Callum Young (Jed-Forest)
14. James Ferguson (Musselburgh)
13. Gregor Young (Jed-Forest)
12. Ethan Reilly (Hawick)
11. Ross Darroch (Glasgow Hawks)
10. Kyle Brunton (Hawick)
9. Danny Owenson (Musselburgh)
1. Gordon Reid (Marr)
2. Fraser Renwick (Hawick)
3. Cairn Ramsay (Currie Chieftains)
4. Michael Badenhorst (Musselburgh)
5. Malachy Keough (Heriot’s Blues)
6. Fraser Grant (Marr)
7. Max Outram (Musselburgh)
8. Ben Fotheringham (Jed-Forest)