TALKING POINTS FROM ROUND 16 OF THE BT PREMIERSHIP

  • Melrose’s all round strength and depth is going to take some beating – hard hit by injuries against Watsonians they still managed to play on all cylinders for the full eighty minutes – with Sam Pecqueur making a welcome return from injury.
  • Ayr did what they needed to do at Stirling but were perhaps flattered by their winning bonus point – Will Bordill did the heavy lifting and young centre Stafford McDowall brought a cutting edge when he came off the bench.
  • Back from long term injury, Glasgow Warriors’ second-row Scott Cummings scored against Boroughmuir with his first competitive touch of the ball this season – but again there was little sign of Hawks’ early season panache – though their bonus point win did guarantee them the targeted play off slot.
  • Two tries from an electric Charlie Simpson and one each from Gavin Parker and Michael Liness earned Heriot’s a precious bonus point at Netherdale – but it still feels as though they will need to beat Melrose at Goldenacre on 11 February to make the play offs.
  • Currie came up with the good solid ‘fundamentals’ Ben Cairns had felt were lacking against Heriot’s last Saturday – and, on the day, they were just too strong for Hawick – with fly-half Jamie Forbes providing their spark and direction.
  • Five tries / four yellow cards last week – six tries / defeat this week – Watsonians’ helter-skelter season continues – with their mid-season blues now a distant memory. Rory Drummond is a big player for them – and the two bonus points claimed in cavalier style at The Greenyards surely ensures their premiership status.
  • Stirling’s frustratingly blank return against Ayr is perhaps a fitting metaphor for David Adamson’s season – but he is at least having the satisfaction of seeing young props Adam Nicol and Fergus Bradbury come convincingly through what is undoubtedly one of Scotland’s most productive rugby nurseries.
  • A great try by Grant McConnell just before half-time was as good as it got for Boroughmuir against Hawks – and they now find themselves very much back in the danger zone.
  • Biased referees – an unfair draft process – money – Hawick’s innate sense of grievance was spectacularly fuelled by their failure to get Bruce McNeil’s nonsensical suspension revoked – but in truth, it is doubtful whether Sean McGaughey himself could have shaken them out of their torpor against Currie. More prosaically, they need to find more ways of bringing Darcy Graham into the game.
  • Mathematically Gala can still stay up – but the way things went against Heriot’s they might need Albert Einstein on board to help them find the formula.

 

Image courtesy: Douglas Hardie

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David Barnes
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  1. We said the suspension was non-sensical. Two fairly harsh yellow cards – one for involvement in a scuffle the other for obstruction – does not merit a two week suspension, in our opinion.

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