Premiership Dream Team – round nine

Currie Chieftains, Hawick and Marr are all well-represented after big home wins, while Glasgow Hawks also get two players in

Mike Vernel is once again in the second-row. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Mike Vernel is once again in the second-row. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

GREG MONTGOMERY scored two tries, came close to snatching a hat-trick, and was a constant threat from the back for Marr in their big win over Aberdeen Grammar so is at full-back this week. He is joined on the back three by Cammy Meager of Currie Chieftains, who made some solid decisions in the wide channels and threatened in attack against Musselburgh, and Max Priestly, who scored the opener for Glasgow Hawks and used his pace and physicality to good effect throughout against Edinburgh Accies.

South African Wiaan Griebenow has only been back at Hawick a few weeks but has already had a big impact at the club, with a series of shuddering tackles setting the tone in an emphatic Border derby victory over Jed-Forest on Saturday. He is joined in the centre by Conor Bickerstaff, who oozed class for Marr, while his opposite number Tom Aplin deserves a mention for leading the resistance despite facing a lost cause from early on and scoring a brilliant 75-metre interception try.

Liam Brims of Glasgow Hawks gets the stand-off slot just ahead of those perennial contenders for the No 10 jersey Gregor Hunter of Currie Chieftains and Colin Sturgeon of Marr, while the lively Gregor Christie of Chieftains is at scrum-half, with an honourable mention going to teenager Sandy Greig who came off the bench and set up a try with his first touch for Glasgow Hawks.


This weekend’s Premiership reports:

Marr v Aberdeen Grammar: league-leaders recapture their mojo

Currie v Musselburgh: Chieftains run riot with nine-try win

Glasgow Hawks v Edinburgh Accies: hosts build on new found confidence

Hawick v Jed-Forest: Mansfield pack dominate in big home win

GHA rue missed opportunity to play their way into the play-off places


In the pack, the incredible work-rate Graeme Carson, who has played more minutes for Currie Chieftains this season than any other player, gets him the loose-head slot, edging out teenager Ryan Toogood of Hawick. Ollie Rossi of Marr’s ball-carrying edges him in ahead of Chieftains stalrwart Fergus Scott at hooker. Tight-head this week is Calvin Henderson of Marr.

Academy prospects Gregor Brown and Rory Jackson, released by Boroughmuir Bears and Ayrshire Bulls respectively, were excellent in the second-row for Glasgow Hawks, but Mike Vernel and Daniel Suddon edge it on this occasion.

In the back-row, Jae Linton retains the No 6 jersey after another powerful two-try performance for Hawick, with Scott McClymont of Selkirk at open-side just ahead of Gregor Brown of Marr, and Shaun Fairbairn of Hawick at No 8.

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15. Greg Montgomery (Marr)

 

14. Cammy Meager (Currie Chieftains)

13. Wiann Griebenow (Hawick)

12. Conor Bickerstaff (Marr)

11. Max Priestly (Glasgow Hawks)

 

10. Liam Brims (Glasgow Hawks)

9. Gregor Christie (Currie Chieftains)

 

1. Graeme Carson (Currie Chieftains)

2. Oli Rossie (Marr)

3. Calvin Henderson (Marr)

4. Daniel Suddon (Hawick)

5. Mike Vernel (Currie Chieftains)

6. Jae Linton (Hawick)

7. Scott McClymont (Selkirk)

8. Shaun Fairbairn (Hawick)


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