Premiership Team-of-the-Week for Round 17

Big wins see Kelso and Musselburgh well represented

The hard-working Euan Thompson of Kelso is named in the second-row of this week's Premiership Dream Team. Image: Charles Brooker
The hard-working Euan Thompson of Kelso is named in the second-row of this week's Premiership Dream Team. Image: Charles Brooker

THERE was fierce competition for the No 15 jersey in the Premiership team-of-the-week this week, with Kirk Ford outstanding as a goal-kicker, last line of defence and an attacking threat for Hawick in their narrow victory over Heriot’s Blues at Goldenacre, Greg Montgomery picking up the TOL’s man-of-the-match award for his influence in Marr’s big home win over Jed-Forest, and Archie Barbour a strong presence in both defence and attack for Kelso in their impressivehome win over Currie Chieftains, but two-try Callum Anderson get the nod, after kicking well, constantly threatening with ball in hand and scoring two tries for good measure in Selkirk’s win at Edinburgh Accies.

Glasgow Hawks try-scorer Torquil MacLeod is on the right wing, while Jake Jacobson‘s brace for Marr earns him the opposite wing slot.

Kelso outside-centre Dwain Patterson was uncharacteristically wayward off the kicking tee, but provided some invaluable control as his team brought Currie Chieftains down with a bump through his tactical kicking, sharp passing and dangerous running. Andrew Mitchell, the league’s top try-scorer, didn’t manage to get over the whitewash this week but was a real handful for Heriot’s Blues through his powerful carries, while opposite number Kenta Kutsuna showed up well for the Blues, but both miss out to Rory Watt, who was the TOL’s man-of-the-match with a robust performance both sides of thee ball in an away win over Glasgow Hawks.


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Matthew McMillan of Musselburgh made a strong case selection, Lee Armstrong was tidy but not as influential at key moments as he can be for Hawick, Colin Sturgeon’s goal-kicking for in really tough conditions was excellent and he helped orchestrate a 12-try demolition of Jed, but the No 1o jersey goes to the shrewd Murray Hastie of Kelso on this occasion. Hugo Alderson was feisty, adventurous and kicked flawlessly to help Selkirk to an away win over Edinburgh Accies, so he edges out  Marr duo Grant and Robbie Baird at scrum-half

The front-row consists of Ross Brown of Musselburgh at loose-head, Fraser McAslan of Edinburgh Accies at hooker and the industrious Alex Apthrope of Marr at tight-head. Honourable mentions go to Grant Shiells, with two try assists for Kelso, Fraser Renwick, who shrugged off Hawick’s set-piece woes to make a big contribution in the loose against Heriot’s Blues, Terry Logan, who was a force of nature in scrum and scored match-levelling try for Kelso, and Struan Cessford, who was a wrecking ball for Heriot’s Blues at scrum-time.

There was plenty of competition in the second-row this week, with David Andrew a hat-trick hero for Marr, Patrick Spence making a strong case for selection for Heriot’s Blues, and Keith Melbourne an all action for Kelso before being forced off at half-time through injury. However, the hard-working Euan Thompson of Kelso gets the nod in the engine-room alongside Malachy Keough, who scored a try, dominated the line-out and put himself about in the losose for Heriot’s Blues.

Any one of Kelso’s back-row triumvirate of Liam Tait, Cammy Brown and Bruce McNeil could have made the side, but Calum Renwick‘s well taken try and man-of-the-match performance at openside for Hawick, and No 8 Paul Bogie‘s role in a win on the road for Musselburgh, means that only Tait gets the nod here.

15. Callum Anderson (Selkirk) 

 

14. Torquil MacLeod (Glasgow Hawks)

13. Dwain Patterson (Kelso) 

12. Rory Watt (Musselburgh)

11. Jake Jacobson (Marr)

 

10. Murray Hastie (Kelso)

9. Hugo Alderson (Selkirk)

 

1. Ross Brown (Musselburgh)

2. Fraser McAslan (Edinburgh Accies)

3. Alex Apthrope (Marr)

4. Euan Thompson (Kelso)

5. Malachy Keough (Heriot’s Blues)

6. Liam Tait (Kelso)

7. Calum Renwick (Hawick)

8. Paul Bogie (Musselburgh)


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