- 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.
- Currie Chieftains, as is usual, ‘found a way to win’ against a determined and disciplined Hawks side on a miserable afternoon at Balgray. Rhys Davies was busy and strong up front and Gregor Hunter played the conditions effectively. Maybe not great to watch – but a win is a win – and that is all that will matter come April. Aberdeen at home 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.
- Glasgow Hawks cut their cloth sensibly to the opposition and the conditions against Chieftains at Balgray but came up just short. A kicking panoply from Liam Brims kept them well in the game throughout – but losing captain Stephen Leckey mid-way through the first half to what appears a serious knee injury was maybe the difference between success and failure. Glasgow bragging rights up for grabs away to GHA next week.
- If you give Jed an inch at Riverside, they will take a mile – as Musselburgh learnt to their cost on Saturday. They were in good shape at half time with a dominant scrum, but were blown away 24-10 in the second half and only a late consolation try gave the score an element of respectability. A tough game away to Marr next week.
- 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.
- Although now looking straight down the barrel of the relegation shotgun with only two try-bonus points to show for five games, and a horrendous injury list, Ali O’Connor saw glimmers of hope in Aberdeen Grammar‘s defeat against Hawick – much improved first-up tackling and the fighting spirit shown by youngsters Glen Robertson, Corey Buchan and Tommy Morrison – but, in truth, it could get worse before it gets better with an away game against Currie Chieftains next on the agenda. Scottish rugby needs a serious presence in Aberdeen – and in Dundee.