Premiership Team-of-the-Week for Round 15

Kelso have four players selected after an impressive home win over Marr

Kelso full-back Archie Barbour scored twice for Kelso in an impressive home win over Marr. Image: Rob Gray
Kelso full-back Archie Barbour scored twice for Kelso in an impressive home win over Marr. Image: Rob Gray

GREG MONTGOMERY provided Marr with an attacking spark on a bad day for the Ayrshire side at Fullarton Park, but was caught out by opposite number Archie Barbour as the Kelso youngster streaked home for a spectacular first half try, which was the highlight of an accomplished all-round performance which earned the Borderer this week’s No 15 jersey.

Finlay Wheelans bagged two tries and created one in an excellent showing, especially first half, as Selkirk upset Musselburgh at Stoneyhill and returned home clutching the Bill McLaren Shield so he is on the right wing, while Cammy Meager also grabbed a brace and his finishing and ability to read scoring chances earns him the other wing berth.

DJ Innes was ket to Currie Chieftains’ big home win over Glasgow Hawks with his ability to break the gain-line so he wears 13, while Kenta Kutsuna‘s slick handling earns him the nod at 12 just ahead of the abrasive Josh McConkey of Glasgow Hawks.

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Currie’s 20-year-old fly-half Callum Beckett marked his debut by helping guide the Malleny men to an eight tris to three victory over Glasgow Hawks, which was especially impressive considering he is only just back playing again after major knee surgery.

Lewis Elder of Jed-Forest sneaks in at scrum-half amid tight competition from Robbie Baird, who provided a rare highlight for Marr with a stunning 60-metre break, and the slick Nik Stingl of Kelso.

Into the pack, Grant Shiells retains the loose-head berth with another powerful set-piece and dynamic open play performance. Despite scoring a brace for Heriot’s Blues, Rory Jackson drops out this week with Currie Chieftains hooker Ryan Stewart‘s two tries and relentless carrying get him the nod. And Zen Szwagrzak was man-of-the-match at tight-head prop for Selkirk, after performing his set-piece duties well, grafting in open play and producing an underarm scoring pass for the bonus point try.

Gregor Law made his presence felt for Jed as they went down fighting against Heriot’s Blues in his first start of the season after returning from knee surgery, and he lines up in the second-row alongside Keith Melbourne, who was a dominant force for Kelso against Marr. That means there is no room for Joss Arnold who marked the news earlier in the week that he is off to South Africa in the new year for five months on the Macphail Scholarship with an impressive showing at the set-piece and in open-play

Despite ending up on the wrong side of the scoreline, Michael Maltman never took a backward step in possession and was a big contributor in defence for Musselburgh, as well as a try scorer, to earn selection at blindside flanker. Ryan Howie of Glasgow Hawks got through a ton of work to stem the Currie assaults, especially in the first half when he managed three or four turnovers, so he is at openside. Bruce McNeil once again had a huge influence on the game as Kelso put Marr to the sword, providing a powerful lead to team in defence and attack, whilst revelling in getting under his opposition skin, with visiting fans suggesting that he should be wearing the mic rather than the ref.


15. Archie Barbour (Kelso)


14. Finlay Wheelans (Selkirk)

13. DJ Innes (Currie Chieftains)

12. Kenta Kutsuna (Heriot’s Blues) 

11. Cammy Meager (Heriot’s Blues)


10. Callum Beckett (Currie Chieftains)

9. Lewis Elder (Jed-Forest)


1. Grant Shiells (Kelso)

2. Ryan Stewart (Currie Chieftains)

3. Zen Szwagrzak (Selkirk)

4. Gregor Law (Jed-Forest)

5. Keith Melbourne (Kelso) 

6. Michael Maltman (Musselburgh)

7. Ryan Howie (Glasgow Hawks)

8.  Bruce McNeil (Kelso)

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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including The Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.