Talking points from round nine of the Tennent’s Premiership

On the weekend that Marr, Currie Chieftains and Hawick all picked up big home wins, while Hawks' revival gathered pace with success over Edinburgh Accies

Currie Chieftains overwhelmed Musselburgh at Malleny Park. Image: Fraser Gaffney
Currie Chieftains overwhelmed Musselburgh at Malleny Park. Image: Fraser Gaffney
  • Nine tries – with the bonus point in the bag after only fifteen minutes – pace and precision all over the park – but Craig Redpath thought Marr were only 75 percent of the way to of their full potential against Aberdeen Grammar at Fullarton Park.  Opposing coach, Ali O’Connor took a different view: ‘electric’ was how he saw them. Conor Bickerstaff is a class act – and Colin Sturgeon kicked eight conversions out of nine attempts. Home to Jed next week.


  • Nine tries for Currie Chieftains as well – against Musselburgh at Malleny. Good to watch – solid set-piece – tactical control and variation, orchestrated as usual by Gregor Hunter – hard running and crisp hands from backs and forwards alike, with Mike Vernel very much to the fore. It is going to be some game against Marr at Malleny on 14th December.



  • Another impressive showing from Hawick against Jed at Mansfield – two bonus point wins on the trot – and a clean-sheet to boot.  The play-offs are now well within their grasp – as even the taciturn George Graham is now prepared to grudgingly acknowledge.


This weekend’s Premiership reports:

Marr v Aberdeen Grammar: league-leaders recapture their mojo

Currie v Musselburgh: Chieftains run riot with nine-try win

Glasgow Hawks v Edinburgh Accies: hosts build on new found confidence

Hawick v Jed-Forest: Mansfield pack dominate in big home win

GHA rue missed opportunity to play their way into the play-off places

  • Having gradually worked their way through a sticky start to the season, Glasgow Hawks played confidently for their bonus point win over Edinburgh Accies at Balgray. Boosted by two early tries they defended strongly and Max Priestly on the wing threatened danger every time he got near the ball. The play-offs are now a realistic proposition – but much will depend on next week’s home match against Selkirk.



  • Jed-Forest failed to turn up for their derby match with Hawick – but Michael Weekley still managed to pick up their 12th yellow card of the season. When are they going to take on board how much more difficult a game rugby is when you are playing with fourteen men?


  • Disappointment for Musselburgh against Chieftains after their excellent home win against GHA last week. Under pressure physically, they struggled to make any imprint on the game – but as Graeme Paterson said that game is done – now they need to dust themselves down and move on – although it doesn’t get any easier with an in-form Hawick awaiting them at Mansfield next week.

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  1. Can someone remind me about promotion and relegation. Is it one down and one up from Nat 1 with a play-off between the 9th Prem and 2nd Nat 1 side? (And are there any restrictions on promotion for the S6 second sides?). Thanks.

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