AFTER being desperately unlucky to miss out last weekend, Kirk Ford of Hawick, one of the most consistent performers in the league, returns to the No 15 jersey (selected just ahead of Glasgow Hawks’ James Couper) for surprisingly only the third time this season following his side’s big away win over Selkirk.
He is joined in the back-three by Paul Christie of Heriot’s Blues and Sandy Watt of Musselburgh, who both returned to scoring ways after a couple of quiet weeks.
DJ Innes scored a brace and was a real handful as Currie Chieftains put Edinburgh Accies to the sword at Malleny Park, so he gets the nod in the centre alongside Marr man-of-the-match and captain Conor Bickerstaff, which means Hawick pair Andrew Mitchell and man-of-the-match Lee Armstrong along with Rory Watt of Musselburgh miss out despite strong showings in their respective game.
David McCartney spent 10 minutes in the sin-bin for some skulduggery on his own line, but his commitment to the cause throughout exemplified Glasgow Hawks’ impressive defensive effort in a win over Heriot’s Blues at Goldenacre, which earns him the No 10 shirt this week, and his half-back partner is Gareth Welsh of Hawick.
In the pack, Hawick skipper Shawn Muir is a familiar face at loose-head prop after a typically industrious showing at Philiphaugh, Paul Cairncross of Glasgow Hawks is at hooker having never taken a backward step in a man-of-the-match performance against Heriot’s (meaning Fraser McAslan of Edinburgh Accies is unlucky to miss out), and Graeme Carson of Currie Chieftains gets the nod over Selkirk’s Zen Szwagrzak at tight-head.
Courtney West of Currie Chieftains and Fraser Thompson of Edinburgh Accies faced off against each other on Saturday but are united in the engine-room in this week’s Dream Team, at the expense of Dalton Redpath of Hawick and Andrew McColm of Selkirk.
Kelso’s dual threat on the flanks of Murray Woodcock and Cammy Brown combine in a back-row which has Marr’s Alex Apthorpe at No 8, meaning no Callum Renwick or Jae Linton despite their big contribution to Hawick’s emphatic win over Selkirk. Honourable mentions also go to Chieftains No 8 Sam Cardosi and Accies flanker Guy Napier.
15. Kirk Ford (Hawick)
14. Paul Christie (Heriot’s Blues)
13. DJ Innes (Currie Chieftains)
12. Conor Bickerstaff (Marr)
11. Sandy Watt (Musselburgh)
10. David McCartney (Glasgow Hawks)
9. Gareth Welsh (Hawick)
1. Shawn Muir (Hawick)
2. Paul Cairncross (Glasgow Hawks)
3. Graeme Carson (Currie Chieftains)
4. Courtney West (Currie Chieftains)
5. Richard Thompson (Edinburgh Accies)
6. Murray Woodcock (Kelso)
7. Cammy Brown (Kelso)
8. Alex Apthorpe (Marr)