Premiership Team-of-the-Week for Round 18

Four players each from Glasgow Hawks, Heriot's Blues and Marr make the cut

Marr's Ben Johnston was a key man in his side's comeback win over Currie Chieftains. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Marr's Ben Johnston was a key man in his side's comeback win over Currie Chieftains. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

GREG MONTGOMERY was a big performer at the back as Marr weathered an early storm then took control at Malleny to earn a crucial win over Currie Chieftains which booked a home play-off (against the same opposition in two weekends’ time), while Callum Anderson was dangerous with ball in hand and always looking to attack for Selkirk in their defeat at Goldenacre, however Charlie Brett gets the nod this week after once again demonstrating the ability to sniff out space for himself and team-mates as highlighted by his crucial role in the lead-up to all three of his team’s tries.

Harry Hitchens marked his late call-up to the Heriot’s Blues team after Ross Jones found himself indisposed on the morning of the game with a man-of-the-match performance which featured two tries, so he is named on one wing, while Ryan Flett‘s work in defence was the driving factor behind his selection in the other wing slot. Two-try Cammy Meager of Heriot’s, and Currie Chieftains sing try-scoring pair Ryan Daley and James McCaig miss out.

Conor Bickerstaff is at outside-centre having just about managed to tread the fine line between meeting Currie Chieftains fire with fire whilst not losing focus from the task in hand, so lines up in midfield alongside the quick-witted and sharp-skilled Kenta Kutsuna of Heriot’s Blues.


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Colin Sturgeon saw yellow for an off the ball challenged midway through the second half, but generally marshalled Marr with his usual intelligence and authority so is at stand-off, while Andy Tait dug in on a tough day for Kelso against Glasgow Hawks at Balgray so is at scrum-half.

That win for Hawks was built on the performance of the pack with both props – Marcus Goodwin at tight-head and Rory Shanahan at loose-head – leading the charge, and it could easily have been an all Balgray front-row but the consistently impressive Paul Cairncross is unfortunate to miss out to Heriot’s Blues’ former New Zealand Under-20s and Southland Stags hooker Flynn Thomas.

Selkirk’s Andrew McColm is big and mobile, and was a real handful for the Heriot’s defence, earning selection in the second-row, and he is joined in the engine-room by an opponent from Saturday in Malachy Keough, meaning Sione Halafihi is unlucky to miss out having won some vital turnovers for Hawks versus Kelso.

Lewis Stewart gets the nod at blindside, while Marr pair Ben Johnston and Blair Jardine were stick-ons for their uncompromising work in that demolition job of Currie Chieftains.

 

 

15.  Charlie Brett (Currie Chieftains)

 

14. Harry Hitchens (Heriot’s Blues)

13. Conor Bickerstaff (Marr)

12. Kenta Kutsuna (Heriot’s Blues)

11. Ryan Flett (Glasgow Hawks)

 

10. Colin Sturgeon (Marr)

9. Andy Tait (Kelso)

 

1. Kyle Shanahan (Glasgow Hawks)

2. Flynn Thomas (Heriot’s Blues)

3. Marcus Goodwin (Glasgow Hawks)

4. Andrew McColm (Selkirk)

5. Malachy Keough (Heriot’s Blues)

6. Lewis Stewart (Glasgow Hawks)

7. Ben Johnston (Marr) 

8. Blair Jardine (Marr)


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