Talking points from round seven of the Tennent’s Premiership

Edinburgh Accies dented Marr's momentm at Fullarton Park, while GHA came out on top against Jed after another tense finale at Braidholm

Hawick ran into a brick wall when they took on Glasgow Hawks at Mansfield Park.
Hawick ran into a brick wall when they took on Glasgow Hawks at Mansfield Park. Image: Kenny Baillie



  • Another nail-chewing finish at Braidholm where GHA stuck in a heroic last defensive set to keep ‘Young Jed’ at bay and claim a hard earned bonus-point win by a single point. They bullied the set-piece and played characteristically expansively – but execution did not always match ambition. The odd leak in defence – and a spell of tactical inertia in the second half – but as Trevor Carmichael said ‘a win is a win’ – and a bonus point is a bonus point – and the crowd were well entertained. Not a bad day at the office!


  • One that got away so far as Jed-Forest were concerned against GHA when, as Gavin Kerr suggested, an easy drop-goal would have saved the bacon. They struggled for ball – but still bagged a try bonus – with the Young boys again in coruscating form – and much irked by GHA’s controversial final try. Injury problems up-front continue to mount – Harry Meadow heading home with his arm in a sling – so the last thing they needed was Dom Buckley’s crazy red card.



  • The Hawick pack did not get out of second gear in the first half against Hawks but with strong words presumably spoken at half time they came back re-energised after the break – helped in no small measure by an enthusiastic contribution from young replacement second-row Murray Renwick, and the boost their scrum enjoyed from Matt Carryer’s  switch to hooker. They dominated possession and territory in the last 20 – but failed to capitalise.


  • A colossal performance – and a tremendous result for Edinburgh Accies against Marr at Fullarton. Jamie Sole was something special – leading from the front with hands into everything. There would have been a sweet taste to Iain Berthinussen’s sangria when he heard that not only had Accies spiked Marr’s guns – but that they had won the try count 3-2 in the process – with two of the tries coming in the final ten minutes. Such a never-say-die psyche augurs well for the challenges ahead – once their season settles down.


GHA v Jed-Forest: hosts hold on against late onslaught for another tense win