Premiership takeaways from Saturday 3rd December

Hawick march on with a rampant win over Edinburgh Accies, while Musselburgh boost their survival prospects away to Selkirk

GHA came up against a Marr team getting back to their uncompromising best at Fullarton Park. Image: Colin Robinson
GHA came up against a Marr team getting back to their uncompromising best at Fullarton Park. Image: Colin Robinson
  • Just like the good old days at Mansfield Park with a dominant pack bossing the game and a slick backline taking full advantage. Edinburgh Accies didn’t stand a chance. Hawick‘s unbeaten run this season reaches 13 and with stalwarts such as club captain Matty Carryer and Shaun Fairbairn rolling up their sleeves for the Force, but ready to bounce back into action for the top side the moment they are called upon, who would bet against the Green Machine winning their first title since 2002?

 

  • Back to winning ways for Currie Chieftains, and some lovely rugby played against Heriot’s Blues, but still not the fully polished performance that Mark Cairns and the Malleny faithful have been waiting for. Cairns spoke at the start of the season about the strength in depth of his squad, and that is being tested at the moment, but some key men are back soon (hopefully).

 

  • Disappointed Iain Berthinussen said Edinburgh Accies didn’t get off the bus at Mansfield Park, but they actually started really well – and were just unfortunate to run up against Hawick in full stride. The scrum cracked midway through the first half and although Martin McGinley came off the bench to shore it up for half an hour, they were always on the back foot and did well to hang in there. These things happen and the challenge now is to hang on to third place so as to avoid another trip to Mansfield in the play-off semi-final.

This weekend’s Premiership match reports:


  • A hiccup but not necessarily a disaster for Selkirk at home to Musselburgh, and they could still climb to third in the table if they beat Edinburgh Accies at Raeburn next weekend. Scott Wight was philosophical, reflecting that this had been a useful test of squad depth and the match could have gone the other way if the Souters had taken their chances – but we are at the ‘dog eat dog’ stage of the season so they can’t afford too many more slip-ups.

 

 

  • 13 points up with less than 10 minutes to go, Glasgow Hawks had a chance to kill the game off from a Gav Cruickshanks interception, but the ball was knocked-on and Jed scored from the resulting scrum, sparking a sensational comeback for the Borderers. On such fine margins do seasons swing. Andy Hill lamented his team’s lack of ruthlessness afterwards, which has been a recurring theme this season. Plenty to work on ahead of a trip to Marr for a crucial clash in the battle for a play-off places next weekend.

 

  • A tough day at the office for GHA at Fullarton, but they hung in there and stayed competitive. Another daunting challenge is in store next weekend when Chieftains come calling at Braidholm, but Calum Forrester’s side can draw inspiration from the knowledge that they pushed Currie all the way in a 43-40 thriller when the two sides met at Malleny in September. They are now only eight points above bottom-spot so every league point is a prisoner.

 

 

 

  • A great effort by Musselburgh at Philiphaugh takes their win tally for the season to two, with last season’s champions Marr and play-off contenders Selkirk on the victim list. They’ll enjoy the moment, but come Tuesday night, head coach Derek O’Riordan will be reminding his team that wins against the sides around them at the bottom of the table count for double, with Jed, Heriot’s Blues (both at home) and GHA (away) still to play in their remaining five matches. Their destiny is still in their own hands, but they need to grab it.

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5 Comments

  1. I tipped Hawick as title contenders at the start of the season and they have been outstanding so far. Right now they are the clear favourites especially after this weekends rout. Some achievement too in keeping a clean sheet.

      • Marr had a right good team last season and were on a good upward trajectory, so it was no surprise to me to see them win the title at Malleny Park. Hawick are looking very good though and a win like that against a quality team like Edinburgh accies is yet another statement of intent

  2. No team gives young talent as much opportunity as Hawks. With Cairns debut yesterday that is at least 15 teenagers played for them this season. With such youth there will always be inconsistency and Hawks ups and downs may well be down to that.

    • Agreed Moody, four 18 year olds started for Hawks yesterday. Youngsters getting great experience, should be learning a lot for the future.

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