- Currie Chieftains made light of the wet ball at Malleny as they leapt to the top of the table with their nine-try demolition of Musselburgh. Another virtuoso performance from fly-half Gregor Hunter – centres DJ Innes and Ryan Southern constantly threatening – miserly defence – with skipper Fergus Scott the ‘heart-beat and conscience’ of his side. Hawick at Malleny next Saturday – it should be a cracker.
- Defeat at Mansfield was not the way Marr would have chosen to mark Connor Bickerstaff’s 200th game for the club – but it was a close-run thing with their injury time assault on the Hawick line looking odds-on to earn them a draw. They had their chances but the usual clinical edge was not there. Disappointing, but not disastrous – the focus must now be firmly on Hawks and a visit to Balgray next week.
- It was like old times at Mansfield where Hawick entertained Marr. A good crowd, a top of the table clash, 15 boys playing for the jersey. “The best performance of the season,” was how Matty Douglas saw it. Tremendous commitment up front, particularly from Stuart Graham, Jae Linton and Cory Tait. Kirk Ford read the game beautifully and kicked impeccably, from both hand and tee. A big game at Currie next week.
- Liam Brims had a difficult chance to salvage a draw for Glasgow Hawks against Edinburgh Accies at Raeburn Place with a last gasp conversion from wide out on his wrong side but he lost his footing and the chance was gone, the game lost, and with it, pole position for the play-offs at the half way stage of the campaign. “As poorly as we have played,” according to Andy Hill – though Brims. Fraser Gosse, Lewis McNamara, Brendan McGroarty and Istok Totic all contributed very positively to the cause. Marr at Balgray next week.
- A balmy Autumn day in Stockbridge – Raeburn Place at its very best – made for playing rugby. Iain Berhinussen was maybe not overly enamoured by Edinburgh Accies defence but the punters who paid to get in left well satisfied that they had had their money’s worth. Ruari Campbell led from the front – their three-quarter line was sharp and eager – and Jamie Loomes again looked a very good player, kicking two vital wide-angled conversions. A successful defence of the Bill McLaren Shield and confirmation of their play-off credentials – hardly a bad afternoon’s work. Aberdeen at home next week.
- Musselburgh hit the wall as they strained to keep Chieftains in check at Malleny. They struggled for ball and lacked direction. They played too much of the game in their own 22 – particularly in the first half when they had the wind at their backs. In fairness they were defiantly aggressive to the end prompting, our man with the notepad to suggest that ‘what does not kill them will make them stronger’ … hopefully, from their perspective, away to GHA next week.
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- With their injury situation gradually abating Selkirk were able to field a more balanced side than they have managed of late, to run out comfortable winners in a game that they simply could not afford to lose against Aberdeen on a heavy Philiphaugh pitch. Blistering pace from Callum McNeil – a big shift from Callum Marshall – bags of energy from Jack Hamilton -–and a very welcome bonus point. A gritty derby at home to Jed next week.
- The Jed-Forest versus GHA game was postponed – the second week running that GHA have lost their game to Covid concerns in the opposition camp.
- A 6am start could not have helped Aberdeen Grammar against Selkirk at Philiphaugh, but in truth, whilst they competed well enough in the first half they were very much on the back foot after the break and are now surely staring relegation in the face – with another early start in prospect for their game away to Accies next week.