KIRK FORD kicked seven from seven off the tee and looked Hawick’s most creative force behind the scrum so made a strong case for retaining the No 15 jersey, while James Couper hit a great line and then showed plenty of gas to round the final man when scoring a fine try for Glasgow Hawks in their draw at Musselburgh and Lewis Young was a handful for Jed-Forest against Marr, but Robbie Chalmers edges it on this occasion after scoring two tries and providing attacking spark at key moments as Edinburgh Accies returned to winning ways against Selkirk at Philiphaugh.
The first of Torquil MacLeod’s brace for Glasgow Hawks against Musselburgh was a beauty from deep inside his own half which was key to his selection on the left wing, while Paul Christie‘s pace, footwork and two tries for Heriot’s Blues against Hawick earns him the right wing spot, with Finlay McNeill unfortunate to miss out after also scoring twice as a late replacement to help Accies eventually pull clear of Selkirk.
Dwain Patterson was excellent with the boot, scored all Kelso’s points through a try, a conversion and two penalties, and kept battling once the game was lost to Currie Chieftains at Malleny Park, so he teams-up in the centre with Conor Bickerstaff, who scored twice to help eventually Marr shake-off bottom of the table Jed-Forest who clearly hadn’t read the script at Riverside Park,
It was a tight-call between Gary Munro of Jed and his opposite number on Saturday, Colin Sturgeon of Marr, for the No 10 jersey, with former just edging it on account of his accomplished kicking game and general composure which was key to the struggling Borderers giving the league leader s a real run for their money.
Two more players from that same game made strong cases for selection at scrum-half. 17-year-old Mark Glen scoring a fine try for Jed and generally looking like he is ready for Premiership rugby as part of am all-new backline boosted by the return of some seasoned campaigners who will cause tams trouble in the fight to escape the Premiership basement if they can stay fit and focussed, while 18-year-old Robbie Baird was a handful for Marr. But another teenager in Hugo Anderson after an accomplished first start for Selkirk against Edinburgh Accies.
Up-front, Craig Owenson was a key cog in a dominant Musselburgh pack and gave his team valuable go-forward, but his yellow-card counts against him and he loses out at loose-head to Hawick powerhouse Shawn Muir, with Harry Meadows‘ contribution at set-piece and ball carrying for Jed getting him the nod at tight-head, and hard-carrying try-scorer Roy Vucago of Currie Chieftains the hooker.
Joss Arnold‘s line-out contribution and general work-rate for Musselburgh sees him selected in the second-row alongside David Andrew of Marr, meaning stand-in back-rowers Connor Sutherland of Hawick and Rory Kirkpatrick of Heriot’s miss out.
Angus Inwood was man-of-the-match for Edinburgh Accies after a combative 80 minutes which helped his injury-depleted side to a valuable win on the road against Selkirk, but he loses out to Michael Maltman, who was a huge presence both sides of the ball on his first game back for Musselburgh after two years out through injury. Sam Cardosi‘s man-of-the-match performance for Currie Chieftains against Kelso gets him selected at opensisde, and Jae Linton was again outstanding at No 8 for Hawick.
15. Robbie Chalmers (Edinburgh Accies)
14. Paul Christie (Heriot’s Blues)
13. Dwain Patterson (Kelso)
12. Conor Bickerstaff (Marr)
11. Torquil MacLeod (Glasgow Hawks)
10. Gary Munro (Jed-Forest)
9. Hugo Alderson (Selkirk)
1. Shawn Muir (Hawick)
2. Roy Vucago (Currie Chieftains)
3. Harry Meadows (Jed-Forest)
4. David Andrew (Marr)
5. Joss Arnold (Musselburgh)
6. Michael Maltman (Musselburgh)
7. Sam Cardosi (Currie Chieftains)
8. Jae Linton (Hawick)