Premiership Team-of-the-Week for Round 12

Currie Chieftains contribute three players after a big home win against Musselburgh

Ben Pickles of Selkirk earns selection at outside-centre. Image: Grant Kinghorn
Ben Pickles of Selkirk earns selection at outside-centre. Image: Grant Kinghorn

CHARLIE BRETT marked his return to action after two months out with a wrist injury with a 22 point haul as Currie Chieftains dented Musselburgh’s momentum at Malleny, which sees him claim the full-back jersey. He is in a back-three which also features Paul Christie of Heriot’s Blues, who was strong both sides of the ball and scored a try to claim the No 14 jersey for the second successive week, alongside two-try James Couper of Glasgow Hawks. That means there is no room for Ryan Daley despite his brace for Chieftains.

Neil Armstrong made ground every time he got on the ball for Edinburgh Accies in their home loss to Heriot’s Blues, while Andrew Mitchell‘s remarkable try-scoring record improved further with a brace for Hawick against Kelso, but the outside-centre spot on this occasion goes to Ben Pickles, who was a constant threat with the ball, solid in defence and scored a try as Selkirk inflicted another defeat on Jed-Forest.

Gregor Christie – brother of All Black Finlay – is principally a scrum-half but has turned his hand to inside-centre in recent weeks as if it was the most natural thing in the world and had a hand in at least four of Chieftains’ four tries, so he wears 12.


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Colin Sturgeon retains the stand-off slot after another typically rounded performance which helped guide Marr to a home win over Glasgow Hawks, while Edinburgh Accies try-scorer Patrick Ritchie‘s eye for an opportunity and ability to get his backs moving sees him get the nod at scrum-half.

Into the pack, all three of Kelso’s starting front-row stepped up to the plate against table-toppers Hawick, each scoring  a try, and hooker Euan Knox makes the Dream Team. Graham Carson once again provided the cornerstone of the Chieftains pack so edges out Zen Szwagrzak at tight-head. And two-try Shawn Muir ended up being named man-0f-the-match for his efforts for Hawick against Kelso at loose-head.

A solid all-round display for Andrew McColm of Selkirk sees him selected in the second-row, where he moved later in the match having started at No 8, and he partners fellow Borderer and consistent high performer Dalton Redpath in the engine-room.

An excellent defensive effort, especially in the closing minutes when Accies were chasing the bonus, sees Malachy Keough of Heriot’s Blues named at blindside flanker. Youngster Murray Woodcock showed up well for Kelso against Hawick, particularly at line-out time, to earn selection at open-side. Blair Jardine’s hat-trick for Marr seems him named just ahead of Heriot’s Blues’ man-of-the-match Ali Johnston at No 8.

 

15. Charlie Brett (Currie Chieftains)

 

14. Paul Christie (Heriot’s Blues)

13. Ben Pickles (Selkirk)

12. Gregor Christie (Currie Chieftains)

11. James Couper (Glasgow Hawks)

 

10. Colin Sturgeon (Marr)

9. Patrick Ritchie (Edinburgh Accies)

 

1. Shawn Muir (Hawick)

2. Euan Knox (Kelso)

3. Graham Carson (Currie Chieftains)

4. Dalton Redpath (Hawick)

5. Andrew McColm (Selkirk)

6. Malachy Keough (Heriot’s Blues)

7. Murray Woodcock (Kelso)

8. Blair Jardine (Marr)


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