Premiership talking points from Saturday 7th December

A bad weekend for The Offside Line's tipster who didn't manage to pick a single winner from any of the five matches

Image: Howard Moles
Image: Howard Moles
  • The going was heavy – and it was a difficult afternoon for the TOL tipster. Four ‘seconds’ – albeit each by a short head – plus a dead heat for Edinburgh Accies. Top two beaten – bottom two draw. Plenty of excitement for the punters who braved the dreich conditions – and much concern about the attempted power grab back at the Jockey Club – yet no reported sightings of Mark Dodson or his pal Sir Bill Gammell.



  • A miserable December afternoon – missing their key playmaker – it was never going to be easy for Currie Chieftains  against a rejuvenated Hawick at a rain sodden Mansfield Park. And so it proved. Their scrum struggled all game – they kicked aimlessly – they picked up two needless yellow-cards – and never really got into the game until the final five minutes when they were denied what would have been a totally undeserved win by an overly officious touch judge.


  • The green machine is back. Hawick struggled to convert pressure into points against Chieftains – but did enough to get the win which takes them to third place in the table. Shawn Muir was immense – Daniel Sudden is improving with every game, though he is disadvantaged by a tendency to over complicate their line-outs – Andrew Mitchell played well and grabbed the vital second half try – but it was Wiaan Griebebow who found the space and the the angles he needed.


  • A second home defeat in consecutive weeks has dented Aberdeen Grammar‘s play-off aspirations. They bossed the scrum and built up a 14-0 half-time lead – but a sloppy, ill-disciplined start to the second half cost them dear – leaving them with it all to do in terms of securing a slot in the play-offs. They cannot afford to lose down at Jed next week.
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  • ‘Defence wins games’ – and this was certainly the case as GHA snatched the Bill McLaren Shield from Marr with a win ‘which few outside Braidholm saw coming’. Facing a stiff breeze in the second half, their 10 point half-time lead did not feel anywhere near enough – but they stuck it on the line – every man jack of them – and took the one chance that came their way to bag a famous victory. Well done, GHA!




  • Danny Owenson missed a penalty in the fourth minute of injury time which would have given Musselburgh a very welcome win over Accies – but Graeme Paterson is happy that his side are hanging in there – and comfortable that they are heading in the right direction. They are only one good weekend away from escaping the relegation zone.

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    • Having watched it it was poor but in horrendous conditions. Been a number of very good games. A higher standard than the Premiership but that’s only to be expected. Time to look forward and keep moving on. ?

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