CHRIS BINNIE was GHA’s man-of-the-match in their home win over Jed-Forest, so edges out his opposite number, the free-running Lewis Young, at full-back, with Henry Bithray also making a strong case for selection after scoring one and being involved in the lead-up to a few other of Selkirk’s 10 tries against Musselburgh.
Jordan Craig of GHA is on the right wing after scoring an intercept try, making a number of other good breaks and getting back for a fantastic cover tackle to deny Callum Young what could have been a decisive score. Ryan Cottrell scored a hat-trick for Selkirk so is selected on the left wing. That means Jed duo Callum Young and Gary Munro are unlucky to miss out this week.
League leaders Marr surrendered a 17 point lead and, in the process, their winning streak through the first is games of this season when drawing 20-20 with Edinburgh Accies so don’t have their usual sizeable representation in this week’s Dream Team, but Richard Dalgleish was solid so gets the nod at outside centre. He lines up alongside Selkirk debutant Lewis Martin at inside centre, who edges in ahead of Neil Armstrong of Edinburgh Accies and Conor Bickerstaff of Marr.
Selkirk also provide the stand-off (for the second week running) with Callum Anderson, who pulled the strings superbly in his team’s resounding home win over Musselburgh, taking over the No 10 jersey from Aaron McColm.
That means the consistent Jamie Loomes of Edinburgh Accies misses out, but his half-back partner Max Love does make the cut with another tidy performance and an important try for good measure.
In the pack, loose-head Garry Strain took credit for Glasgow Hawks’ decisive penalty-try from a dominant scrum, and made some big tackles in a ferocious second-half defensive effort as his team picked up only their second win of the season in tough conditions at Mansfield Park. He is clearly benefitting from the expert tutelage he is getting from his old front-row comrade Steven Findlay!
Sean Crombie provided valuable physicality and experience as Accies battled back from a 17-3 half-time deficit to stall the Marr bandwagon at Fullarton Park, so gets in at hooker despite his yellow-card.
Michael Fox of GHA had a great first half and scored his second try of the season after getting the match winner against Hawks the previous week, but Paulo Ferreira gets the nod at tight-head after two tries and a full 80 minutes on the park for Jed.
Angus Inwood isn’t the biggest second-row but he has fronted up week-0n-week for Edinburgh Accies during their difficult, nomadic start to the season, so deserves his slot in the second-row; while youngster Murray Renwick added real energy for Hawick as a second-half replacement so gets other boiler-house slot. An honourable mention goes to Andrew Kirkland of Hawks for his huge work-rate and commitment to the cause.
A dog-fight at sodden Mansfield is Steven Leckey‘s type of the game and the Hawks captain stepped up to the plate with a typically fearless performance at blindside flanker. Jamie Sole was immense for Edinburgh Accies against Marr and was a stick-on at open-side, which means they excellent Scott McClymont of Selkirk is desperately unlucky to miss out, and Mike Ryan of GHA is at No 8.
This week’s Premiership reports:
15. Chris Binnie (GHA)
14. Jordan Craig (GHA)
13. Richard Dalgleish (Marr)
12. Lewis Martin (Selkirk)
11. Ryan Cottrell (Selkirk)
10. Callum Anderson (Selkirk)
9. Max Love (Edinburgh Accies)
1. Gary Strain (Glasgow Hawks)
2. Sean Crombie (Edinburgh Accies)
3. Paulo Ferreira (Jed-Forest)
4. Angus Inwood (Edinburgh Accies)
5. Murray Renwick (Hawick)
6. Stephen Leckey (Glasgow Hawks)
7. Jamie Sole (Edinburgh Accies)
8. Mike Ryan (GHA)