Premiership: The Sunday Summary (for Saturday 6th November)

Currie Chieftains remain top after triumph over third-placed Hawick; Marr, Edinburgh Accies and GHA all win; Selkirk and Jed draw in Border derby

Currie Chieftains came out on top in a ferocious battle against Hawick. Image: Ian Gidney
Currie Chieftains came out on top in a ferocious battle against Hawick. Image: Ian Gidney
  • Currie Chieftains just about deserved their hard-won victory over a pumped-up Hawick in front of a good crowd on a damp and wind-swept Malleny – but it went to the wire – and was down to a couple of exceptional defensive sets late in the game. The difficult conditions and the aggressive Hawick back-row made for a difficult afternoon, but Gregor Hunter had the rugby grammar to cope. Old soldier, Graeme Carson kept the scrum honest, and grabbed the winning try. They are ‘tough, well-drilled, and full of self-belief” – they are sitting on top of the league – their playing depth is gradually recovering – they are very much the team other title contenders are going to have to beat.

 

  • A fairly comfortable win over Hawks at Balgray came to Marr at the cost of what appears to be a serious injury to their talismanic skipper Conor Bickerstaff. Craig Redpath felt the discipline could have been better and that they left a couple on tries out on the pitch – but was relieved to have Colin Sturgeon back calling the shots and kicking his goals – and pleased to rebuild momentum after the disappointing result down at Mansfield last week.

 

  • The young Hawick side have to be disappointed that all they had to show for their epic joust with Chieftains at Malleny were two bonus points – but prospects augur well. They could maybe have managed the wind better in the second half – but they fought tooth and nail for every ball. Jae Linton was a force of nature – ably aided and abetted by Rudi Brown. Their scrum was strong – Andrew Mitchell was solid – Kirk Ford was smart – and Gareth Welsh combative. Six points from their last two games against the top two teams in the league – they are still in the mix.

Premiership: Glasgow Hawks ground down as Marr march on

Premiership: injury-time score snatches draw for Jed-Forest at Selkirk

Premiership: Edinburgh Accies school Aberdeen Grammar in art of grinding out a win

Premiership: GHA return to action with morale-boosting win over Musselburgh

Premiership: Currie Chieftains stay top after winning epic battle versus Hawick


 

  • A comfortable if unspectacular win over Aberdeen at Raeburn Place took Edinburgh Accies into the top four and a step closer to having their name inscribed on the Bill McLaren Shield. Matt Walker had a big game in the back row – Jamie Loomes was polished as ever at fly-half and kicked four out of four – Hamish Janes was threatening. A win away to Aberdeen next Saturday in a re-arranged fixture would see them leap-frog Hawick into third place in the league – and a home win against Musselburgh on 4th December would get their name on the Bill McLaren Shield. Much to play for.

 

  • Losing to Marr at Balgray pushed Glasgow Hawks out of the play-off zone. No faulting their effort – but their line-out let them down at critical times – they squandered several scoring opportunities – and they gave away too many soft penalties. Plenty for Andy Hill to work on – and concern over Liam Brims arm injury.

 

 

  • ‘One that got away’ so far as Scott Wight and Selkirk were concerned after Jed’s dramatic last minute converted try at Philiphaugh earned them a draw. The strong wind and Jed’s committed defence were challenging but too many chances went a begging in the second half when they had the game in their pocket, and only a Ben Pickles try from a ‘sublime’ Ross Nixon pass to show for their dominance. A chance to make amends on Friday night at Riverside in the re-arranged fixture.

 

  • GHA emerged from their two match Covid break with a six try romp against Muselburgh at Braidholm. Andrew Goudie made a big difference at fly-half, well served by scrum-half George Baird. Charlie Lonergan was effective in the centre and Adam Baird worked hard in the back row – but yellow cards for Jamie Campbell and Milan Marinkovic take them to the top of the naughty board.

 

 

  • Hard going again for Aberdeen Grammar against Accies at Raeburn Place but they stayed in the game until the hour mark with staunch resistance from skipper Tom Aplin in the centre and Greig Ryan, Ben Inglis and Corey Buchan in the back-row. Really important for the good of Scottish rugby that they keep it all together in these difficult times. Re-arranged home fixture with Accies next Saturday.

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