- Currie Chieftains re-asserted their league pre-eminence with a powerful nine-try demolition of Musselburgh at Stoneyhill, making it sixteen victories on the trot at an average score of 39-11. Most of the usual suspects were to the fore, with two tries apiece for DJ Innes and Fergus Scott, and Jamie Forbes converting eight out of the nine tries.
- According to Craig Redpath, Marr did well against Hawick at Fullarton to “find a way” of claiming home advantage in the play-offs. Full-blooded stuff, with the ‘bomb squad’ of William Farquhar and Gordon Reid turning the tide and the side crucially keeping its shape and discipline in the latter stages.
- Hawick have already exceeded expectations for the season, and they showed enough spirit against Marr to make sure that there was no sense of inadequacy or inferiority as the bus left Fullarton on Saturday – indeed their sense of grievance, justified or not, could well be the drum-beat when they march back up the road for the play-off on 26th of next month.
- A gritty hard-fought bonus-point win for Edinburgh Accies against Glasgow Hawks at Balgray which consolidated their slot in the play-offs – with a win over Chieftains in next week’s rearranged fixture offering the prospect of leap-frogging Hawick into third place. With ground conditions not great, essentially they did what they needed to do to get the result they needed. Vincent Hart looked comfortable in his preferred position of fly-half; Ruari Campbell led from the front; Ben Appleson played the field well and kicked the goals he needed to kick.
- Glasgow Hawks will be disappointed to come away from their game with Accies at Balgray with nothing to show for their efforts – but inaccuracies on key plays and poor discipline at the breakdown took their toll.
- Musselburgh scored the first and the final try in their match against Chieftains at Stoneyhill, but not much went their way in between. Graeme Paterson has done a good job and was maybe looking for more from his last game in charge, but the realist in him will be happy to be leaving with the club firmly established in mid-table, and appreciative of the unstinting support that he has enjoyed over the season from the likes of Danny Owenson, Gregor Tait, Colin Arthur and William Fleming.
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- A real thriller at Riverside, where, when the need arose, Jed-Forest constrained their libertine inclinations and did just enough to scrape happily home against GHA. The Young twins constantly threatened and Ross Nichol looked composed at fly half, but the game was won up front, with Paulo Ferreira grabbing yet another try, and Dan Wardrop awarded TOL’s man-of-the-match.
- A couple of poor calls and a failure to tighten up when the result was in the balance cost GHA dear against Jed at Riverside. Charlie Lonergan and Max Macfarlane’s fine attacking form continued whilst Eric Cavan and Archie Falconer kept the Jed forwards honest.
- A step too many for Selkirk towards the end of an injury-plagued season, coming home second best against Aberdeen at Rubislaw – without really firing a shot in anger in the second half.
- A morale boosting win for Aberdeen Grammar against Selkirk at Rubislaw – hopefully a clarion call for rugby in the ‘Granite City’. Sam Knudson made a telling contribution at fly-half while Corey Buchanan at No 8 and Sam Ryan in the centre both had big games.