- Currie Chieftains hammered their title marker firmly into the ground with a powerful performance against GHA at Malleny – though they will be well aware that Philiphaugh next Saturday will not be the place for their occasional frippery. Young tight-head Gregor Scougall looks a real prospect – strong in the scrum and active about the field.
- 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:
- 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 Hawks‘ hard-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.