SOME tough competition at full-back this week with Kirk Ford once again showing up well for Hawick in their home win over Edinburgh Accies, Paul Cunngham a near constant threat for Musselburgh and Mason Cullen scoring a scorcher for Jed-Forest, but Charlie Brett’s role as creator, scorer and astute kicker from hand and tee as Currie Chieftains got the better of Heriot’s Blues sees him retain the No 15 jersey.
There was a similar level of competition on the left wing, with Musselburgh’s Sandy Watt and Selkirk’s Josh Welsh each bagging a a brace, while Ryan Daley scored a good try and went well for Currie Chieftains, and Cammy Meager carried powerfully and did the spadework for Heriots’ first try against Chieftains. On balance, Watt gets the nod for being a constant threat who could have scored a couple more for his side. . Hawick’s bonus-point try-scorer Charlie Welsh is on the other wing.
The prolific Andrew Michell of Hawick, who snatched two more tries to take his total for the season up to 15, links up with always classy Conor Bickerstaff of Marr in the middle of the park.
Colin Sturgeon was authoritative once again at stand-off for Marr in their big win at Philiphugh, but misses out on a third consecutive team-of-the-week nomination – which would be his fifth of the season – to Danny Owenson, who expertly pulled the strings and scored a good for Musselburgh as Jed-Forest were put to the sword at Stoneyhill. His half-back partner is the consistently strong Patrick Ritchie of Edinburgh Accies.
Into the pack, and loose-head prop Craig Owenson joins brother Danny in the team this week, while Calum Crookshanks was a key cog in the Edinburgh Accies pack which gave the vaunted Hawick scrum a rough ride at Mansfield so is at tight-head prop, with Ryan Stewart – who was a bundle of energy for Currie Chieftains with the ball in hand and deserves selection for his magnificent midfield burst for a fine 40-metre try alone – named at hooker. Honourable mentions go to Calum Crookshanks of Edinburgh Accies, Nicky Little of Hawick and Rory Jackson of Heriot’s Blues, who all made string cases for selection in the front-row but miss out this week.
Two try hero David Andrew of Marr lines-up in the second-row alongside Malachy Keough, who was a big contributor in defence as well as a solid attacking threat and a try scorer for Heriot’s Blues, meaning Currie Chieftain Courtney West – a big contributor to Currie’s offensive effort, especially in the third quarter – doesn’t quite make the cut.
Jae Linton was at blindside flanker in a shuffled Hawick back-row last weekend but didn’t let that out him off his game, and he gets the No 6 jersey just ahead of Musselburgh double try-scorer Michael Badenhorst, who damaged his chances by being one of the three players in his side to pick up a yellow-card in the final quarter against Jed-Forest. Selkirk’s Scott McClymont is selected again at openside and Paul Bogie of Musselburgh is named ahead of opposite number Ben Fotheringham of Jed-Forrest at No 8.
15. Charlie Brett (Currie Chieftains)
14. Charlie Welsh (Hawick)
13. Andrew Mitchell (Hawick)
12. Conor Bickerstaff (Marr)
11. Sandy Watt (Musselburgh)
10. Danny Owenson (Musselburgh)
9. Patrick Ritchie (Edinburgh Accies)
1. Craig Owenson (Musselburgh)
2. Ryan Stewart (Currie Chieftains)
3. Calum Crookshanks (Edinburgh Accies)
4. David Andrew (Marr)
5. Malachy Keough (Heriot’s Blues)
6. Jae Linton (Hawick)
7. Scott McClymont (Selkirk)
8. Paul Bogie (Musselburgh)
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