Talking points from round one of the Tennent’s Premiership

Hawick, Marr and Musselburgh set down early season markers with impressive home wins on

It was a tough day at the office for Glasgow Hawks away to Marr. Image: Bob Coates
It was a tough day at the office for Glasgow Hawks away to Marr. Image: Bob Coates
  • Marr carried on from where they left off in season 2019-20 by throwing the gauntlet down to the rest of the league with a comfortable bonus point win over Hawks at Fullarton. The Bickerstaff boys are still firing on all cylinders – Colin Sturgeon is still kicking his goals – Gordie Reid is going to be hugely influential – and Mackenzie Pearce will be a handful.

 

  • Old soldiers never die. Michael Maltman and William Fleming led from the front in Musselburgh‘s impressive win over GHA at Stoneyhill, with Fleming landing a brace. The bonus point was in the bag by half time with Danny Owenson dictating field position and well-structured scoring opportunities being eagerly exploited. A good start – but a big challenge away to Selkirk next week.

 

  • A gutsy performance from a young Hawick side against Currie Chieftains kept the Bill McLaren Shield at Mansfield. They scrummaged strongly despite losing Shawn Muir after eight minutes – they kicked clever – and they tackled everything that came their way. ‘Border pride shall ne’er be humbled – whilst her sons are rugby daft’.

 

  • Surprisingly inept, error-strewn display from Currie Chieftains, who came home second best at Mansfield. They will need to get their act together for Marr’s visit to Malleny next week.

 

  • GHA blew hot and cold at Stoneyhill and were outdone by Musselburgh’s superior composure and consistency. They had a few missing – and will need them back when pumped-up Hawick come calling next week.

 

  • Not a great start from Glasgow Hawks at Fullarton. Discipline was a big problem with three yellow cards – and whilst Sioni Halafi, Lewis McNamara and Thomas Glendinning did what they could to stem the tide – others will need to step up to the mark when they welcome Aberdeen to Balgray next week.

Musselburgh v GHA: Fleming double and fervent defence help home side to bonus-point win

Marr v Glasgow Hawks: Fullarton men pick up from where they left off 18 months ago

Hawick v Currie Chieftains: Borderers lay down early marker