Premiership: The Sunday Summary (for Saturday 9th October)

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Currie Chieftains edged a tight contest at Malleny Park. Image: Ian Gidney
Currie Chieftains edged a tight contest at Malleny Park. Image: Ian Gidney
  • In Colin Sturgeon’s continued absence, Mackenzie Pearce now also injured and Cody Cunningham back in New Zealand, Marr are maybe still not firing on all cylinders but they are still top of the league having shown just enough at Philiphaugh to give them the edge over a dogged Selkirk, with two crisply taken tries from Conor Bickerstaff and an attritional one from David Andrew. They will be looking to step it up a gear at home to Musselburgh next week.

 

 

  • Any win on the road is welcome, but come the end of the season, Hawick might rue the missed bonus point against Aberdeen Grammar at Rubislaw. Young Corey Tait confirmed his exciting prospects in the backrow and Kirk Ford oozed class in the centre, clearly not particularly inconvenienced by switches from full-back, to stand-off and then to centre in three consecutive games. Old style Border derby against Jed at Mansfield next week – no quarter asked nor given.
 

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  • A much-changed Edinburgh Accies side bounced back from their poor show against Chieftains last Saturday with a clinical demolition of GHA at Raeburn Place to comfortably retain the Bill McLaren Shield. Jamie Sole and Angus Inwood bossed the game up front, Jamie Loomes impressed at fly half and Robbie Kent scored a superb 70-yard solo try. They maybe took their foot off the pedal when the weather broke badly in the fourth quarter – but the bonus point had been in the bank since before half-time – and they will head down to Philiphaugh next week in good heart.

 

 

 

  • An important bonus point win for Jed-Forest against Musselburgh in front of a big crowd at Riverside. Hard going in the first half with their scrum under pressure but they got it sorted to give their talented backs the space they needed. Nik Stringl was lively at scrum half, Gary Munro astute at stand off and Gregor Young strong in the centre. All in all – a satisfying warm-up for Hawick at Mansfield next week.

 

  • ‘A bad day at the office’ for GHA against Accies at Raeburn Place. Their set-piece was fragile, their backs struggled against the Accies press, and yellow cards for Luke McCutcheon and Grant Mollinson took them to the top of the ‘naughty boy’ leaderboard. Big home game against Hawks next up – so a busy week ahead.

 

  • Selkirk are entitled to feel aggrieved at not picking up a losing bonus point from their gritty scrap against Marr at Philiphaugh. Skipper Euan MacDougall’s return from Covid isolation made a big difference and half-backs Scott Clark and Jack Hamilton kept it together pretty well. Accies at home next week – but their prospects are maybe still in the hands of the medics.

 


Premiership: Selkirk make Marr work hard for narrow win

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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including he Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.

2 Comments

  1. Agree with your comment about a serious presence in Aberdeen and Dundee. The question will be how that cones about?

    Dundees bid for Super 6 didn’t get past first base and Aberdeen clubs didn’t put in a bid. Current results not showing any renaissance.

    Always possible Scottish Rugby could site a team in either city but Glasgow seem to be the location for that particular venture.

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