Premiership: The Sunday Summary (for Saturday 22nd January)

A big score for Currie Chieftains in Aberdeen, GHA and Hawick come out on top in derby matches and a plethora of cards for Marr at Stoneyhill

Scott Derrick scores GHA's opening try against Glasgow Hawks. Image: Colin Robinson
Scott Derrick scores GHA's opening try against Glasgow Hawks. Image: Colin Robinson
  • One-way traffic at Rubislaw where Currie Chieftains ran up 13 tries and 80 points against a weakened Aberdeen side – and in so doing took another step towards coming out top in the league. Maintaining focus is the obvious challenge over their remaining three games against Jed at Malleny next week then Musselburgh and Accies both away.

 

  • Marr escaped from Stoneyhill with five points – despite an astronomical penalty count and five yellow cards. Their defence was solid despite the raft of penalties – Callum Steel capped a live-wire display with two well-taken tries – and Jamie Shedden looked sharp. A tasty away fixture with Accies next week then Selkirk at home and Jed away.

 

  • ‘Poor, ill-disciplined and ragged’ in the first-half, Edinburgh Accies fought back to score a try in the last play of their game against Selkirk at Raeburn Place to snatch the crucial bonus point that guaranteed them a place in the play-offs. Ruairi Campbell had another big game, while Robbie Kent and Hamish Janes were a real threat. Mission accomplished – but room for improvement. Next week’s home fixture against Marr is likely to be fairly definitive in terms of home advantage in the play-offs, then they have Hawks away and Chieftains at home.

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  • Hawick bounced back from their poor showing against Hawks last time out with a comfortable win over Jed-Forest at Riverside. Ross Graham and Calum Renwick kept them on the front foot – Glen Welsh was a defensive bulwark in midfield – Kirk Ford pressed all the right buttons and kicked six out of seven off the tee – and there was a promising debut from young Elliot Stanger. They only need one more point to guarantee a slot in the play-offs and they will be looking to pick that up against Musselburgh at Mansfield next week – with a home game against Aberdeen to follow – then maybe going for home advantage in the play-offs against Marr at Fullarton on 19th February.

 

  • Poor stuff from Glasgow Hawks against GHA at Balgray – and a defeat which effectively extinguishes their play-off prospects. Liam Brims was clearly missed – they were loose, made too many unforced errors and allowed their discipline to fall away. A bad day at the office – with only self-respect to play for down at Philiphaugh next week – and then away to Musselburgh and home to Accies.

 

  • After a difficult week, Jed-Forest‘s match with Hawick at Riverside was all about getting the show back on the road – and they more or less achieved that objective, though the score-line does not accurately reflect their efforts. Interim coach David Grieve is confident that they have the strength in depth to finish the season strongly — but on 26 points with Chieftains at Malleny next week, GHA both home and away, and Marr at Riverside to come, they will need all hands to the pumps.

 

  • A frustrating afternoon for Musselburgh against Marr at Stoneyhill, where they did not appear to get the support that they were maybe entitled to expect from referee, Michael Todd. Unlucky not to take anything from the game – but given the scale of Marr’s disciplinary problem they might have been better served by taking the points on offer from the plethora of kickable penalties, rather than following their natural instincts to explore try-scoring opportunities. Their set-piece continues to impress and their commitment was excellent. Still on the edge of the relegation zone with 26 points, they face a challenging trip down to Mansfield next week — followed by Hawks at home, Chieftains away — and then their re-sheduled game up in Aberdeen on 5th March.

 

  • GHA came out strongly against Hawks at Balgray to establish early control and then, according to Trevor Carmichael, hit the right balance between aggression and discipline. Andrew Goudie was outstanding at fly-half, gelling with Charlie Lonergan and Max Macfarlane into a truly formidable midfield unit which fully exploited the up-front grunt so willingly supplied by Eric Cavan, Scott Plumridge and James McCarthy. More of the same would see them climb the table – Aberdeen at home next week, then Jed home and away, then finishing up with Selkirk at Philiphaugh.

 

  • No points, but encouraging signs from Selkirk against Accies at Raeburn Place. Euan MacDougal was a huge presence either side of the ball – there were flashes of Ryan Cottrell’s potential – and Scott Clark kept the Accies defence honest. Second bottom with 22 points and a game more played than GHA, Musselburgh and Jed. The bits and pieces are all there. Hawks at Philiphaugh next week – Aberdeen away – then GHA at Philiphaugh.

 

  • Hard pressed by injuries and Covid, it was another tough afternoon for Aberdeen Grammar against Chieftains at Rubislaw. A great effort from replacement prop Alistair Linklater who travelled down on the overnight ferry from his native Orkney to help them out and headed straight back home immediately after the game. Well done him! Symbolic of the endeavour and energy needed to keep Aberdeen Grammar in their rightful place at the forefront of Scottish club rugby.

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