Premiership: The Sunday Summary (for Saturday 15th January)

Currie Chieftains take another step closer to finishing the regular season top of the table, while Edinburgh Accies close in on the play-offs

GHA’s Charlie Lonergan hands off Robbie Kent of Edinburgh Accies. Image: Joyce Robinson
GHA’s Charlie Lonergan hands off Robbie Kent of Edinburgh Accies. Image: Joyce Robinson
  • Top drawer stuff from Currie Chieftains as they blew Hawks away at Malleny to consolidate their position at the top of the table. Speed and relentless pressure expertly orchestrated by the peerless Gregor Hunter. Forward dominance –  great lines from Joe Reynolds – the threat of Charlie Brett lurking behind – and miserly defence. It will take a good side to beat them on this kind of form – hardly good news for Aberdeen who they play at Rubislaw next week.

 

  • Ten players missing and a six week lay-off – some coaches might have been happy enough with Marr‘s bonus point win over Selkirk at Fullarton. Not so Craig Redpath. Frustrated by some shoddy game management and a failure to close the game out at 20-8, he lamented: “We are going to have to be 100 per cent better than we were today if we are going to compete at the business end of this Premiership.” Musselburgh at Stoneyhill next week.

 

  • Edinburgh Accies did what they needed to do against GHA at Braidholm to come away with five points in the bag – and their play-off aspirations intact. They did look rusty but were well enough organised. Ruari Campbell caught the eye – Robbie Kent gave them some zip – and Jamie Loomes kicked his goals. Selkirk are the visitors at Raeburn next week.

This weekend’s Premiership results:

Musselburgh keep their cool to despatch ill-disciplined Jed-Forest

Edinburgh Accies stay on course for play-offs with win at GHA

Currie Chieftains march on with big win over Glasgow Hawks

Marr shake off the rust to earn bonus point win over Selkirk


  • With Hawick‘s  game against Aberdeen falling victim to Covid, immediate past-president Rory Bannerman ran the line for The Force against Stew/Mel and Inverleith – and found himself drafted in on the wing to see out the last few minutes. 57 years young – or maybe ‘no richt in the heid’?  Derby game with Jed at Riverside next week.

 

  • Buoyed by their excellent win against Hawick last week, Glasgow Hawks hit a brick wall against Currie at Malleny – which has seriously jeopardised their chances of making the play-offs. Liam Brims had a difficult afternoon – and they were too loose too early. Sterling defensive work from Lewis McNamara, Sione Halafihi and Matthew Stewart, but, as skipper Paul Cairncross suggested: “It is tough to finish with zero after putting so much into the game” – though they might take comfort from Iain Morrison’s observation that their ‘gutsy, but flawed performance would beat many of their other Premiership opponents on another day’. A warning call to GHA who visit Balgray next week?

 

  • 17-14 up at half-time, Jed-Forest completely lost the plot in the second half against Musselburgh at Stoneyhill. Six penalties in the space of ten minutes after the break, two yellow cards, two red cards and a penalty try – yet they, somehow escaped down the A68 with two bonus points – but some serious talking needs to be done before they entertain Hawick at Riverside next week.

 

  • Musselburgh kept their cool when Jed lost theirs at Stoneyhill and were rewarded with a crucial bonus point win – with their well executed line-out drives making the difference between the two teams. A tough game at home against Marr next week.

 

  • Selkirk gave it a go against Marr at Fullarton and had their chances – but Scott Clark had a nightmare afternoon off the kicking tee – their discipline was not great – and as Scott Wright lamented, there were too many “key inaccuracies at key moments”. Disappointing maybe – but a valuable losing bonus point. They will, no doubt, be looking for more against Accies at Raeburn next week.

 

  • Not much happening for GHA against Accies at Braidholm – “a bit flat” according to Trevor Carmichael, with a couple of bad defensive errors compounded by a failure to capitalise on some fine positional kicking from Andrew Goudie. A big game away to Hawks next week.

 

  • With their game against Hawick postponed for Covid, defeats to Selkirk and GHA have prolonged Aberdeen Grammar‘s struggle for survival, at least until their home game against Marr next week.

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