Premiership: The Sunday Summary (for Saturday 2nd October)

Five home wins this weekend with Marr staying top and Currie Chieftains keeping the pressure on

Currie Chieftains came out on top in their home game against Edinburgh Accies. Image: Ian Gidney
Currie Chieftains came out on top in their home game against Edinburgh Accies. Image: Ian Gidney
  • A smart break by Conor Bickerstaff in the second minute that set-up a try for Jack Scott caught Jed cold at Fullarton – but Marr then lost their way and their discipline – and had to dig deep for their vital last gasp bonus-point try. Big Gordon Reid made a difference once he came on – and young Calum Inglis proved a more than adequate substitute for the injured Colin Sturgeon. ‘Ugly’ it maybe was – but a win is a win – simple as that.



This weekend’s Premiership match reports:

Marr v Jed-Forest: hosts stay on track with ugly win at Fullarton

Hawick v Glasgow Hawks: Mansfield fortress remains intact

Musselburgh v Aberdeen Grammar: four-try Tait stars as Burgh bounce back

GHA v Selkirk: MacFarlane’s hat-trick heroics provide home comfort

Currie v Edinburgh Accies: big home win boosts Chieftains’ title tilt


  • Having talismanic skipper Danny Owenson back in harness was a big plus as Musselburgh went a long way towards exorcising their painful defeat at Balgray last week with a hard-fought bonus-point win over Aberdeen Grammar at Stoneyhill – though they did drop off the pace worryingly in the middle third of the game. Gregor Tait had a busy afternoon – with four tries  and a yellow card!



  • A tough afternoon for Edinburgh Accies against Chieftains up at Malleny. They could not find a foot-hold — and struggled to get into the game. Their set-piece stuttered – and there was a sorry lack of conviction about their play.  Disappointing – but their home results are good – and they will be looking to get the show back on the road when they defend the Bill McLaren Shield against GHA at Raeburn Place next week.
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  • ​The heavy ground and a slippery ball did not in any way inhibit GHA centre Max Macfarlane as he ran some great lines to bag a hat-trick against Selkirk at Braidholm. Trevor Carmichael maybe did not get the all-round control he was looking for – but he was happy enough with the bonus point win. Maybe he is, as he says, taking one game at a time – but he does have his eye firmly fixed on the Bill McLaren Shield.



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  • ​A great effort from Jed-Forest against Marr at Fullarton – but ‘no cigar’ – and not even a losing bonus point. They walked straight off the bus into Conor Bickerstaff’s seven-point sucker punch – but they ‘dogged’ it out. Lewis Young scored a wonderful long range try – and there were other chances – but their composure could maybe have been better. At home to Musselburgh next Saturday – two teams who like to play – so it should be worth a look.


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