AFTER two draws, Kelso picked up their first win since returning to the Premiership this season after two decades away, and full-back Archie Barbour is one of three Poynder Park men to gain selection for this week’s Dream Team, while two or three more can consider themselves unlucky to have missed out.
He is joined in the back-three by Jack Scott, who scored two tries in Marr’s home win over Selkirk, and Robbie Shirra-Gibb, who showed up well for Jed in a home loss against Musselburgh, which means Finlay MacNeill is a hard luck story following a promising performance both sides of the ball on his first Edinburgh Accies start.
There was plenty of competition in the centre, with the Bickerstaff boys – Scott and Conor – as usual, making strong cases for selection, as did Kelso duo Frankie Robson and James Thompson, and Andrew Mitchell of Hawick. Ultimately, the elder Bickerstaff and Robson edged selection.
Jamie Forbes pulled the strings as Currie Chieftains put Heriot’s Blues to the sword at Malleny Park so is selected ahead of fellow perennial Dream Team contender Colin Sturgeon of Marr at stand-off. It was a tight call at scrum-half between Robbie Baird making his debut for Marr and Patrick Ritchie of Edinburgh Accies, and the latter just edging it.
Shawn Muir was immense at scrum time which laid the platform for Hawick’s home win over Edinburgh Accies so he is at loose-head, with Bob Stott of Musselburgh gets the nod over Roy Vucago of Currie Chieftains at hooker and Zen Szwagrzak came off the bench to solidify the Selkirk scrum and also scored his team’s bonus point try in a busy performance in the loose so he is at tight-head.
Two-try Ali McCallum of Currie Chieftains is unlucky to miss out on a spot in the engine-room, as is Cameron Bain of Edinburgh Accies and Calum Folan of Marr, but Keith Melbourne of Kelso and hat-trick hero Michael Badenhorst of Musselburgh were impossible to overlook after abrasive and industrious afternoon’s for their respective teams.
As always, there was plenty of competition in the back-row, too, with Innes Hill of Heriot’s Blues in at blindside, Sam Cardosi of Currie Chieftains at openside and the explosive Jae Linton of Hawick is at No 8, while Bruce McNeill of Kelso, Jamie Sole of Edinburgh Accies, Blake Roff of Jed-Forest and Blair Jardine of Marr were all recommended in that position
15. Archie Barbour (Kelso)
14. Jack Scott (Marr)
13. Scott Bickerstaff (Marr)
12. Frankie Robson (Kelso)
11. Robbie Shirra-Gibb (Jed-Forest)
10. Jamie Forbes (Currie Chieftains)
9. Patrick Ritchie (Edinburgh Accies)
1. Shawn Muir (Hawick)
2. Robert Stott (Musselburgh)
3. Zen Szwagrzak (Selkirk)
4. Keith Melbourne (Kelso)
5. Michael Badenhorst (Musselburgh)
6. Innes Hill (Heriot’s)
7. Sam Cardosi (Currie Chieftains)
8. Jae Linton (Hawick)