Talking points from round six of the Tennent’s Premiership

League leaders Marr made it six from six, Currie Chieftains keep pressure on with their win at Hawks, and Aberdeen are still very much in the hunt

Tom Aplin was at the heart of the action as Aberdeen Grammar edged out GHA in a thriller at Rubislaw
Tom Aplin was at the heart of the action as Aberdeen Grammar edged out GHA in a thriller at Rubislaw. Image: Howard Moles
  • Sixth bonus point win on the trot for Marr  and Craig Redpath is still not happy. They were maybe slack in the first half at Fullarton but they gradually established control up front  and they blew Selkirk away in the final quarter, with skipper Conor Bickerstaff very much to the fore in both attack and defence.

 

  • Wallace Nelson’s good form in the back row continued as Currie Chieftains kept themselves well in the championship hunt with a solid bonus point win against Hawks at Balgray. Their scrum was maybe not quite as secure as they would have liked but their ball retention and recycling was excellent  and their finishing was clinical. Young men on the way up.

 

  • Aberdeen Grammar kept themselves comfortably in the top three (a full ten points ahead of Jed) by coming out on top 8-7 in their ‘try-fest’ with GHA at a gloriously autumnal Rubislaw. Both defences were maybe at times posted missing  but it was what the punters pay to see  enjoyable and highly competitive  with the physicality of the home pack giving them the crucial edge  and two-try Robin Cessford again outstanding.

 

  • Jed-forest catapulted themselves from second bottom of the league to fourth top with their bonus point win over Musselburgh at Riverside. They did the business in the first half with man-of-the-match Ben McNeill and the old war-horse Donald Grieve driving them forward. They found it harder going after the break and injuries have undoubtedly limited their resources  but for the second week running they made it difficult for themselves by picking up a couple of unnecessary yellow-cards.

 

  • GHAseven-try never-say-die approach earned them friends, admirers, and a try-bonus against Aberdeen but disappointingly not a losing bonus point. Grant Mollison was in fine form at full back  but they will need to cut down on their unforced errors and tighten up their midfield defence before playing host to the ‘Young’ Jed tyros next week.

 

 


Aberdeen Grammar v GHA: defence an afterthought as host edge 15 try thriller

Jed- Forest v Musselburgh: five-try tally sees Borderers go fourth

Marr march on with comfortable victory in the end after tough opening hour

Glasgow Hawks v Currie: hosts downed by Chieftains’ patience and power