JAMES COUPER had a good game at full-back for Glasgow Hawks against Currie Chieftains both with and without the ball on Saturday, but misses out to his direct opposite number on the day because Charlie Brett’s kicking won the game for the visitors. Honourable mentions go to Paul Cunningham of Musselburgh and Archie Barbour of Kelso, who both showed their threat with ball in hand in the 15 jersey, while Kirk Ford performed at his usual high level for Hawick and Jack Scott who scored a crucial try in Marr’s narrow win over Edinburgh Accies.
There may have been an element of luck to Scott Bickertstaff’s try for Marr but he took it well and he also had a hand in Scott’s score which sealed the narrow win so he is handed the No 14 jersey, while it was a close call between Ronan McKean of Hawick and Ryan Flett of Glasgow Hawks on the other wing, with the latter just edging it.
The Hawick centre partnership of strike-man Andy Mitchell (who scored his 16th try in 14 appearances this season against Jed) and creator Lee Armstrong are picked together in the midfield this week.
Marr’s Colin Sturgeon‘s shrewd game-management in difficult conditions not to mention his crucial place-kicking gets him the nod once again at stand-off.
Meanwhile, Andrew Tait‘s contestable kicks created havoc at Philiphaugh as Kelso nilled Selkirk and Deaglan Lightfoot had a good game to strengthen his case in the fierce battle for the Hawick No 9 jersey, but they miss both out at scum-half to Danny Owenson who kicked well from hand and tee as Musselburgh came up short versus Heriot’s Blues at Goldenacre.
Grant Shiel muscled over for Kelso’s tone-setting opening try and brought all his experience to bear in a tropically uncompromising performance to earn selection as loose-head in this week’s Dream Team, with two-try Rory Jackson of Heriot’s Blues at hooker, and Calum Crookshanks, who was instrumental in Edinburgh Accies’ dominant scrum performance against Marr, named at tight-head.
Lot’s of competition in the second-row this week and Kelso’s Keith Melbourne, Musselburgh’s Michael Badenhorst and Marr’s Fraser Grant can all count themselves unlucky to have missed out, but Ali Bain gave Currie Chieftains vital go-forward and Dalton Redpath was hugely influential for Hawick.
It could easily have been an all Kelso back-row, but the fierce competition at blindside means that Liam Tait misses out to Rhys Davies of Currie Chieftains, while Connor Sutherland of Hawick also made a strong case for selection at No 6. Meanwhile, Cammy Brown‘s work on the deck, carrying and at line-out means that he joins his talismanic player-coach Bruce McNeil, who remains one of the most savvy operators and fearsome competitors in the Scottish club game at the grand old age of 40.
15. Charlie Brett (Currie Chieftains)
14. Scott Bickerstaff (Marr)
13. Andrew Mitchell (Hawick)
12. Lee Armstrong (Hawick)
11. Ryan Flett (Glasgow Hawks)
10. Colin Sturgeon (Marr)
9. Danny Owenson (Musselburgh)
1. Grant Shiel (Kelso)
2. Rory Jackson (Heriot’s Blues)
3. Calum Crookshanks (Edinburgh Accies)
4. Dalton Redpath (Hawick)
5. Ali Bain (Currie Chieftains)
6. Rhys Davies (Currie Chieftains)
7. Cammy Brown (Kelso)
8. Bruce McNeil (Kelso)