Premiership: The Sunday Summary (for Saturday 27th November)

A big day for Aberdeen Grammar with first win of season over Glasgow Hawks, while Currie Chieftains triumph at Marr in top of table clash

Jed-Forest winger Mason Cullen escapes the clutches of Edinburgh Accies captain Callum Black. Image: Bill McBurnie
Jed-Forest winger Mason Cullen escapes the clutches of Edinburgh Accies captain Callum Black. Image: Bill McBurnie

 

  • The big home crowd would have been sorely disappointed as Marr succumbed to Chieftains early onslaught, but could take solace from the way they clawed their way back into the game to salvage the try bonus – and Scott Bickerstaff’s terrific try suggested that there is still plenty life left in their season, despite his brother’s season-ending knee injury. With the long trip to Aberdeen next week, they will, no doubt, have taken note of Hawks discomfiture up there this weekend.

 

  • A power cut at Mansfield and a clash of colours with GHA obliged Hawick to entertain their visitors in red jerseys on the unfamiliar 3G pitch at the Volunteer Park – but they do not appear to have been particularly inconvenienced by the experience – and stormed into a 36-8 interval lead. They lost their shape after Kirk Ford left the field injured – but their powerful pack, with Shawn Muir very much to the fore, did enough to keep their marker firmly set in the play-off zone.  A tasty Border derby over at Selkirk next week.

This weekend’s Premiership match reports:

Aberdeen Grammar down Glasgow Hawks to finally taste victory

Currie Chieftains cement top-spot with first half blitz against Marr

Hawick take late venue switch in their stride to defeat GHA

Jed-Forest find their groove to put Edinburgh Accies to the sword

Selkirk on receiving end of Musselburgh’s ‘mega-Watt’ blast


  • Edinburgh Accies‘ set-piece let them down badly against Jed on a bitterly cold day at Riverside. Their scrum was under constant pressure and losing seven line-outs on the bounce severely jeopardised their continuity in the first half when they were very much on the front foot. Hawks defeat in Aberdeen ameliorates this defeat in terms of the play-offs but they need a result next week at home to Musselburgh  which, apart from stabilising their league position, would see their name inscribed on The Bill McLaren Shield.

 

 

  • Musselburgh ended a five-match losing run and leap-frogged up the table ahead of their Selkirk opponents by dint of their comfortable 40-27 win at Stoneyhill. Their set=piece was much improved – they carried hard – and generally they kept it simple and concentrated on their basics. Danny Owenson bossed the show – and Gregor Tait was always dangerous. The Bill McLaren Shield is up for grabs at Raeburn Place next week.

 

  • ‘Embarrassing’ was how Scott Wight described Selkirk‘s lacklustre first half performance against Musselburgh at Stoneyhill, though in fairness their efforts were frustrated by a couple of early injuries. They did come more into the game in the second half but by then it was gone – and with Hawick at home next week and Chieftains away the week after they need to get their act together quickly.

 

  • Despite the aggravation of their team bus breaking down en route, and the inconvenience of switching venues from Mansfield to the Volunteer Park, Andrew Goudie grabbed the opening try for GHA against Hawick – but then the wheels came off – though they did manage to restore pride by winning the second half 14-12 – and pride will be an important commodity when Chieftains come calling next week.

 

  • Jed-Forest needed to beat Accies at Riverside even before the Aberdeen result came in – and they did, by 29 points to 13 – thanks, in no small measure, to their front-row of Paulo Ferreria, Finlay Scott and Grant Paxton, who not only dominated the scrum, but also scored a try each – and to Darren Gillespie who showed up well around the park on his return to the side after injury. Another big game next week – at home to Hawks.

 

  • It has been a while coming, but Aberdeen Grammar finally broke their duck with a hard-earned well-deserved 38-13 victory over Hawks in freezing conditions at Rubislaw. Tremendous contributions from draft players George Beese and Cammy Scott – great effort from hooker Matthias Schosser, and Ben Inglis and Corey Buchanan in the back row – and Tom Aplin kicked six out of six. Hardly Nirvana – but at least Jed are now within their sights – though Marr at home next week is a pretty big target.

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