- Not a great game at Braidholm, but Marr did what they needed to do against GHA to register their first away win of the season. Colin Sturgeon had an off day with his goal kicking – but he orchestrated play effectively once the game had settled down. A spectacular try from second-row Harry Murray was the highlight of what was maybe a below par performance – but they still picked up the bonus point and, sitting atop the league, they look in good enough shape for Jed’s visit to Fullarton next week.
- Set piece control, dominant at the breakdown, clinical finishing, the bonus point in the bag by half-time – everything clicked into place for Glasgow Hawks against Musselburgh at Balgray. Their backs were slick – and their forwards were strong with Lewis Stewart and Jack McLean both putting in huge shifts. Bring on Hawick at Mansfield next week.
- A glorious Autumn day at Raeburn Place and a good crowd to see Edinburgh Accies comfortably dispense with Hawick’s challenge and take possession of the Bill McLaren Shield – despite several ‘first choices’ being posted missing. Solid up front, pragmatic behind, committed throughout – though maybe slightly short of imagination. Some excellent goal-kicking from Ben Appleson. Interesting selection considerations ahead of a tilt at Chieftains up at Malleny next Saturday.
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- The referee did Hawick no favours in the scrums against Accies but it was unforced handling errors, wrong options, wastage of space and poor goal-kicking which really did for them. A late surge brought the bonus point – but in truth it was too little too late.
- Too many absent soldiers for Musselburgh against Hawks at Balgray – which probably explains their failure to man-up at the break-down and the consequent inability to build any sort of continuity. The game was well gone by half-time but they hung in there to bring some respectability to the score and edge the second half 19-12. Aberdeen at Stoneyhill next week – what kind of side will they get on the park?
- Well done Jed-Forest! It is a long haul up to Aberdeen – but they produced the goods just when it was needed with a nine try blitz, including a brace from prop Paulo Ferreira. With eight of his side under 19, Paul Tomlinson rightly saluted the coaching structure at Jed Thistle. It is a tough league, and Fullarton next week is a particularly tough venue – but if they are good enough, they are old enough – experience never killed anybody.
- Another hard day at the office for GHA against Marr – but, in tight games, you have to take your chances – and you cannot concede soft penalties. They need a result when Selkirk come calling next week – but they will have to play for 80 minutes to get it.
- Dark clouds over Rubislaw. A solitary try bonus to show from three games. Twenty tries conceded. Missed tackles, countless penalties, yellow cards. Aberdeen Grammar need to front up at Musselburgh next week.