Talking points from round five of the Tennent’s Premiership

Marr continue to dominate the league, while Musselburgh shoot themselves in the foot

Hawick took on Marr at Mansfield Park.
Hawick took on Marr at Mansfield Park. Image: Kenny Baillie
  • On the back of a disappointing show against Marr last week, Mark Cairns’ young Currie Chieftains side will take much confidence from their workmanlike bonus point win over Edinburgh Accies in an entertaining match played at Malleny. It could have been difficult with 12 teenagers in the starting line up – and no Gregor Hunter to call the shots – but Cammy Scott, filling in at fly half, was solid – and Kiwi scrum-half Gregor Christie stepped up to the plate. With so many youngsters involved, they need to play it week-by-week – taking one step at a time – yet keeping their eye firmly fixed on the play-offs.
  • A mature performance in difficult conditions gave Aberdeen Grammar full points against Musselburgh at Stoneyhill. Even without last week’s man-of-the match Mattias Schosser, their powerful well-drilled pack dictated terms and dominated territory –with two-try lock Robin Cessford absolutely outstanding.
  • Another bad day for Hawick against Marr at Mansfield Park. No fight – lack of structure – poor ball retention – problems with discipline. A late rally tied the second half at 15-all – but did little to relieve the gloom amongst the faithful. An unexpected break next week with the postponement of their game against Edinburgh Accies is perhaps opportune -giving George Graham and his coaching team the scope they clearly need to tighten up the nuts and bolts of their seriously under-performing ‘green machine’.

This weekend’s Premiership match reports:

Musselburgh v Aberdeen Grammar: pack power key to visitors’ win

GHA v Glasgow Hawks: dramatic comeback sees home side snatch the win

Injury jinxed Jed-Forest pipped at the post in tense Border derby

Hawick v Marr: league leaders put ill-disciplined hosts to the sword

Currie Chieftains v Edinburgh Accies: Malleny men battle their way to bonus

  • Tough times for Edinburgh Accies – ten of last season’s squad ripped away by Super6 – and temporarily pitch-less amidst the on-going development at Raeburn Place. They were competitive enough against Chieftains – without ever really looking on top. Ruari Campbell, Jamie Loomes and Ben Appleson all had their moments in a talented back division – and Jamie Sole, Angus Inwood and Clement Lacour showed willing up front – but the whole never quite matched the sum of its constituent parts. The postponement of next week’s home game against Hawick until the New Year (with the agreement of Hawick and Scottish Rugby) will give Iain Berthinussen the opportunity for some fine tuning – as opposed to major overhaul.
  • Jed-Forest’s injury woes continued (against Selkirk at Philiphaugh) when, having already lost Gary Young pre-match, their influential second-row Gregor Law was stretchered off early in the second half with what appeared to be a serious ankle injury. They were 15-7 up at that point with their classy young backs looking good – but from then on in they struggled for ball – with two yellow cards not helping their cause! – and conceded the killer try in stoppage time – leaving them with a losing bonus point as scant reward for their spirited contribution to an engaging old-time Border derby.
  • After their hard-earned but well-deserved victory at Balgray last week, Musselburgh shot themselves in the foot with some poor game management against Aberdeen at Stoneyhill – opting against taking an easy three points from a straightforward penalty award when weather conditions mitigated strongly in the scoreboard’s favour. Gregor Tait’s sensational second-half try might still not have been enough to see them safely home – but it would certainly have been ‘a close run thing’.

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