Premiership takeaways from Saturday 19th November

GHA are only team to win on the road having come out on top of their derby clash against Glasgow Hawks

Nairn Calder carries for Marr during gritty win over Heriot's Blues. Image: Jon Pearce
Nairn Calder carries for Marr during gritty win over Heriot's Blues. Image: Jon Pearce

 

  • Important win in the race for a home play-off was achieved at the cost of a broken jaw for centre DJ Innes, which is a blow to Currie Chieftains but they have impressive depth, as Saturday’s replacement – and former Southern Knight – Iain Sim demonstrated.

 


This weekend’s Premiership match reports:

Selkirk bull-doze their way to bonus-point win over Jed-Forest

Hawick stay top with big win over struggling Musselburgh

Currie Chieftains prevail after Edinburgh Accies see red

Glasgow Hawks rue missed chances as GHA bag a bonus-point win

Marr grind out home win over Heriot’s Blues


  • Set-piece beef provided the platform for a comprehensive home Border derby win for Selkirk under the lights on Friday night. While Scott Wight was frustrated that his backline didn’t click like they did against Hawks the previous week, Plan B went well with the forwards stepping up to score all six tries. The Philiphaugh men are beginning to look like serious contenders.

 

  • An exasperated Andy Hill bemoaned Glasgow Hawks‘ habit of falling out of games in the second half after their derby day defeat to GHA, and the Balgray men need to address this and their lack of ruthlessness in the strike zone if their play-off aspirations are to stay alive for the final quarter of the season. Being in a position to get some consistency with back-line selection would help.

 

  • It wasn’t pretty or particularly impressive, but Marr‘s resurrection continued with a workmanlike home win over Heriot’s Blues. With some key men returning to the fray and just eight points to make up from seven remaining games, would you bet against Craig Redpath’s side sneaking into the play-offs?

 

  • A tough week at Braidholm culminated in a morale-boosting Glasgow derby win for GHA and their new coach Calum Forrester (who is in South Africa). Next weekend’s re-match will be a big indication of whether the team’s trajectory has really changed.

 

  • Back-to-back Border derbies against two of the form teams in the league was a big ask for Jed-Forest and they never really got going on Friday night. But head coach Andy Brown insists that it was not a true reflection of the team’s ability, and they’ll have revenge on their mind when Selkirk pitch-up at Riverside next Saturday.

 

  • Frustration for Heriot’s Blues that they got close but couldn’t get over the line at Fullarton but a losing bonus-point gained, which is not to be sniffed at until such time as the dark spectre of relegation has been decisively banished.

 

  • It was always going to be a tough mission at Mansfield for Musselburgh and full credit to them for their second-half resilience. If they can get through the next two weeks against Hawick at home and Selkirk away without cracking, they can then look forward to some winnable games in the league run-in. Nine points is a big ask but all is not lost.

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