Premiership Team-of-the-Week for Round 10

Conor Bickerstaff is at inside-centre in this week's Premiership Dream Team. Image: Jonathan Pearce
Conor Bickerstaff is at inside-centre in this week's Premiership Dream Team. Image: Jonathan Pearce

ROBBIE CHALMERS was a constant threat from full-back in a man-of-the-match for Edinburgh Accies in their big win over Jed-Forest and after being unfortunate to miss out on selection last week, he regains the Dream Team No 15 jersey he wore in round eight, selected just ahead of exciting youngster Archie Barbour of Kelso, who is strong under high ball, a pacy counter-attacker and has a hefty boot. 

On the right wing, Scott Bickerstaff’s excellently executed hat-trick for Marr against Heriot’s makes him a near automatic pick, while

Kelso’s Dwain Patterson makes it two weeks in a row at outside-centre with a well balanced display of accurate kicking and passive which caused Musselburgh countless problems. Marr’s Conor Bickerstaff ran hard, not least when scoring a blockbuster try in the first half against Heriot’s Blues, while some of his distribution was of the highest order so he is at inside-centre, selected ahead of strong contenders DJ Innes of Currie Chieftains, Frankie Robson of Kelso and Lee Armstrong of Hawick.


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Colin Sturgeon was his usual authoritative self at stand-off for Marr, Ben Appleson slotted eight from eight off the tee and managed the game pretty well for Edinburgh Accies as the game for on against Jed and and Alex Harley did well following a late move to stand-off for Currie Chieftains against Selkirk in place of the injured Jamie Forbes, but the 10 jersey goes to Murray Hastie, whose control and decision-making was key to a six-try first half blitz as Kelso opened up Musselburgh in a variety of ways at Poynder Park.

Cameron Lessels of Currie Chieftains edges out Grant Baird of Marr and Deaglan Lightfoot of Hawick at scrum-half.

Up front, it is always hard to see past Shawn Muir at loose-head, while Graeme Carson – often an unsung hero of the Chieftains pack – is at tight-head, and two-try Paul Cairncross is at hooker, although he clearly didn’t get much joy out of finishing up at prop. Roy Vucogo dotted down twice for Currie Chieftains and showcased some lovely link play in the lead up to his side’s opening try so can count himself unlucky to miss out.

Malachy Keough struck to his guns on a tough day at Fullarton for Heriot’s Blues, so is selected ahead of Hawick’s Connor Sutherland in the second-row, alongside Selkirk’s Andrew Cochrane who was man-of-the-match at Malleny.

Liam Tait has been one of Kelso’s most consistent performers this season and was particularly powerful and influential ayr blindside flanker as Musselburgh were put to the sword on Saturday, Scott McClymont‘s never-say-die attitude for Selkirk gets him the nod at openside just ahead of Hawick’s Calum Renwick, with Jae Linton of Hawick is at No 8.

 

15. Robbie Chalmers (Edinburgh Accies)

 

14. Scott Bickerstaff (Marr)

13. Dwain Patterson (Kelso)

12. Conor Bickerstaff (Marr)

11. Charlie Welsh (Hawick)

 

10. Murray Hastie (Kelso)

9. Cameron Lessels (Currie Chieftains)

 

1. Shawn Muir (Hawick)

2. Paul Cairncross (Glasgow Hawks)

3. Graeme Carson (Currie Chieftains)

4. Malachy Keough (Heriot’s Blues)

5. Andrew Cochrane (Selkirk)

6.  Liam Tait (Kelso)

7. Scott McClymont (Selkirk)

8. Jae Linton (Hawick)


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