Talking points from round three of the Tennent’s Premiership

Glasgow Hawks became the first team to record a win away from home in the Premiership this season, while Chieftains, Hawick, Marr and Musselburgh also tasted victory

Musselburgh edged a thriller against Edinburgh Accies. Image: John Durham
Musselburgh edged a thriller against Edinburgh Accies. Image: John Durham

 

  • There was always going to be a reaction to Marr ‘s defeat at Malleny last week – though the 38-point first half blizzard against Aberdeen was maybe more dramatic than even the Fullarton faithful had anticipated. Perhaps the most pleasing of the many positives on show was the form of youngsters Jamie Shedden, Calum Inglis and Scott McDonald.

 

  • Back to something like full strength, Musselburgh went four tries apiece with Edinburgh Accies at Stoneyhill – with a penalty from man-of-the-match Danny Owenson enough to see them grab the spoils. Two out of two at home – and looking comfortable – so long as they can get the bodies that count onto the park.

This weekend’s Premiership match reports:

Premiership: inspired Marr make light work of Aberdeen Grammar

Premiership: Currie Chieftains steamroller GHA to reinforce title credentials

Premiership: Hawick edge it in Border derby against Selkirk which lives up to billing

Premiership: Musselburgh come out on top in marathon encounter versus Edinburgh Accies

Premiership: late disallowed try hands Glasgow Hawks away win over Jed-Forest


  • The Bill McLaren Shield stays at Mansfield – but it went to the wire and took a magnificent 45-yard penalty from Kirk Ford in the dying embers to see Hawick home against Selkirk. Their set-piece was good and their backs were slick – but with the game won, slack ball control in the opposition 22 forfeited two late long-range tries – which could, and maybe should, have been very costly.

 

  • It was nip and tuck, but Glasgow Hawkshard-won victory over Jed at Riverside is the only away win by any team in the first three weeks of this campaign. Their finishing was clinical and their defence was well organised. Sioni Halafihi is some machine – and Fraser Gosse impressed again.

 

  • Narrowly beaten by Musselburgh at Stoneyhill, Edinburgh Accies were reasonably satisfied with the two bonus points they picked up, given the changes in personnel. There were definite signs of greater cohesion and there was some enterprising interplay – all of which they will need when the entertain Hawick at Raeburn Place next week.

 

  • Selkirk gave it their best shot against Hawick at Mansfield – but came in just short. They did score two very good opportunistic long-range tries – but, generally, converting pressure into points was their problem – and, going forward, they are looking at an ever-growing injury list.

 

  • A tough day for GHA at Malleny – but Trevor Carmichael is right – good teams do not suddenly become bad teams – when you fall off your horse, the trick is to get straight back up into the saddle – particularly when you have Marr next up.
 

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  • A crucial try disallowed in injury time and a horrendous penalty-count – a frustrating afternoon for Jed-Forest as they went down to Hawks at Riverside. The long trek up to Aberdeen next week for a game they really cannot afford to lose.

 

  • Aberdeen Grammar walked into a fire-squall against Marr at Fullarton and were 33 points down by half-time – but they hung in there and held the second half to a three-point differential. They maybe came into season slightly undercooked – and were immediately hit by two difficult fixtures away from home – but Jed at Rubislaw next week is looking very like a ‘must win’ … for both teams.

Premiership: inspired Marr make light work of Aberdeen Grammar

Premiership: Currie Chieftains steamroller GHA to reinforce title credentials

Premiership: Musselburgh come out on top in marathon encounter versus Edinburgh Accies

Premiership: Hawick edge it in Border derby against Selkirk which lives up to billing

Premiership: late disallowed try hands Glasgow Hawks away win over Jed-Forest

 

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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including he Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.