Premiership Team-of-the-Week for Round Six

Some tough calls after a weekend when adverse weather conditions contributed to some compelling battles

Sandy Watt of Musselburgh is named on the left wing after scoring an excellent winning try against Heriot's Blues. Image: John Durham
Sandy Watt of Musselburgh is named on the left wing after scoring an excellent winning try against Heriot's Blues. Image: John Durham

WITH a 26 point haul from two tries and eight conversions, Hawick’s consistently excellent Kirk Ford is deeply unlucky to miss out on selection at full-back, however the ease of his team’s win at Jed works against him on this occasion. Instead, Callum Anderson gets the nod on the basis of his kicking and counter-attacking game, topped off by the game’s decisive try, being absolutely key to Selkirk’s victory over Kelso at Poynder Park. An honourable mention is also due to Archie Barbour, who scored a scintillating solo try for Kelso.

Paul Christie is on the right wing having been a strong performer throughout the start of this season for Heriot’s, with opposite number Sandy Watt, the scorer of Musselburgh’s winning try in that same match, on the other wing.

It’s a Hawick combination in the centre, with hat-trick scorer Andrew Mitchell wearing 13, while Lee Armstrong oozed class at 12 with a man-of-the-match performance, creating a series of scoring opportunities for those around him with his accomplished kicking and passing game.


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Colin Sturgeon gets the nod at No 10 for his role in orchestrrting Marr’s comeback win over Edinburgh Accies, selected just ahead of  Musselburgh’s Matthew McMillan and Dwain Patterson  of Kelso, while Chris Yuill of Heriot’s Blues is his half-back partner.

In the pack, a typically industrious and influential performance at set-piece and around the park sees Hawick’s Shawn Muir named at loose-head ahead of Ross Dunbar, who showed some of the ability which had him on the fringes of the pro game a few years back on debut for Edinburgh Accies. Musselburgh try-scorer Bob Stott is at hooker, and Terry Logan is at tight-head after anchoring the Kelso scrum and carrying enthusiastically for the full 80 minutes against Selkirk.

Keith Melbourne was a huge presence in the second-row for Kelso and will perhaps wonder how he ended up on the losing team. He is teamed-up with opposite number, Callum Turnbull of Selkirk, who had a tough day in the line-out, against Melbourne but showed up well around the park with his nose for the line demonstrated by two well worked forwards’ tries. That means there is no room in the side this week for Clark Skeldon of Jed-Forest and David Andrew of Marr.

Musselburgh’s Joss Arnold was named TOL’s man-of-the-match against Heriot’s Blues after a hard-working performance both sides of the ball, so is selected ahead of Kelso’s Liam Tait and Fin Simpson of Edinburgh Accies. Connor Sutherland is at openside and his Hawick team-mate Jae Linton is unlucky to miss out at No 8 this week to Blair Jardine, who was man-of-the-match for league-leaders Marr in their fine comeback win at Edinburgh Accies.

 

15. Callum Anderson (Selkirk) 

 

14. Paul Christie (Heriot’s Blues)

13. Andrew Mitchell (Hawick)

12. Lee Armstrong (Hawick)

11. Sandy Watt (Musselburgh)

 

10. Colin Sturgeon (Marr)

9. Chris Yuill (Heriot’s Blues)

 

1. Shawn Muir (Hawick)

2. Bob Stott (Musselburgh)

3. Terry Logan (Kelso)

4. Callum Turnbull (Selkirk)

5. Keith Melbourne (Kelso)

6. Joss Arnold (Musselburgh) 

7. Connor Sutherland (Hawick)

8. Blair Jardine (Marr)


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