Talking points from round two of the Tennent’s Premiership

Currie Chieftains, GHA and Glasgow Hawks all bounce back after disappointing opening weekend to Premiership campaigns

GHA got the better of Hawick in a thriller at Braidholm. Image: Colin Robinson
GHA got the better of Hawick in a thriller at Braidholm. Image: Colin Robinson
  • Good stuff from Currie Chieftains at Malleny as they bounced back from their disappointing showing at Mansfield last week. They exploded straight into the game and had the bonus point in the bag by half-time. Gregor Hunter was right back on song with some immaculate goal-kicking and DJ Innes threatened the gain-line every time he got the ball. Top of the league – and intent on staying there. Home to GHA next week.


  • Disappointment for Hawick against GHA at Braidholm. They looked very good at times, winning the try count five tries to four – but a slow start, the odd crack in their line-out and poor goal-kicking ultimately did for them. Nothing they cannot sort if they maintain their intensity. They will certainly be planning to retain the Bill McLaren Shield against arch-rivals Selkirk at Mansfield next week.


  • A seven try romp and an outstanding performance from Jamie Sole for Edinburgh Accies against Jed at Raeburn Place. Jack Nixon described ‘a fine example of the modern game, full of thunder, big hits and some champagne rugby’ – but Iain Berthinussen was left ruminating over the 11 penalties his side had conceded, pointing out that ‘we need to respect the referees even when we do not agree with their decisions’. Hear, hear!


  • Scott Wright thought Selkirk were maybe a bit rusty against Musselburgh at Philiphaugh due to a lack of genuine game time – a view perhaps contradicted by Ewan MacDougall’s well worked try just before time which started in the home 22 and went through five pairs of hands before the skipper was put in the clear. Callum Anderson presses all the right buttons – and Thomas Brown looks like being a very useful recruit in the boiler-room.


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  • No self-reproach from Craig Redpath as Marr came off second best against Currie Chieftains at Malleny. A bad day at the office – whilst Sinjin Broad had another good game, losing Colin Sturgeon mid-way through the first half did not help the cause. Certain to be a reaction when they entertain Aberdeen at Fullarton next week.


  • Glasgow Hawks were always on top and totally dominated the second half against Aberdeen at Balgray. Liam Brims dictated terms and their backs, despite some poor handling, were always dangerous – particularly Fraser Gosse in the centre, before he did his hamstring just before half time. A good result – but any sloppy handling will be punished down at Jed next Saturday.


  • Luck was maybe on GHA‘s side as they defeated Hawick at Braidholm but their work-rate was impressive and their defensive line-speed was excellent. The return of the experienced Grant Mollison and Charlie Lonergan brought the composure that was missing last week against Musselburgh – and allowed Adam Scott to switch to the wing where he was, effectively, the difference between the two sides – scoring the winning try and kicking five goals out of six attempts.


  • Two yellow cards, three serious injuries and getting stuck in traffic on the way down maybe blunted Aberdeen Grammar‘s challenge at Balgray – but, in truth, they were always well off the pace against Hawks. Away to Marr next week – Ali O’Connor called it right: ‘We need to get up to speed quickly’. 


  • Jed-Forest also got stuck in traffic on their way to the game – and it maybe characterised their day. They did start well enough but not much went their way in the first once Accies had taken the lead after 20 minutes. They did, however, fight back towards the end and will be a different side at home to Hawks next week.

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