Tennent’s Premiership Dream Team – round 16

Heriot's, Ayr, Stirling County and Currie Chieftains well represented after big victories

Stirling County
Craig Robertson gets the ball away to two-try Logan Trotter during Stirling County's convincing win over Boroughmuir. Image: Bryan Robertson

Gary Strain scored his team’s opening try and generally led from the front in Glasgow Hawks’ crucial bottom of the table clash against Edinburgh Accies so is handed the number one jersey, Fergus Scott was technically excellent at set-piece, prominent in the loose and bagged the bonus point try for Stirling County so is selected at hooker and ultra-durable Steven Longwell battled through a number of knocks to register a devastating scrummaging performance for Ayr which set the platform for their comfortable win over Hawick.

Lars Morrice of Ayr and Ruaridh Knott of Melrose unite in a hard-working second-row.

Ali Mackie of Stirling County is at No 8 thanks to his strong ball-carrying, edging out Bruce McNeil of Hawick who heroically dealt with a lot of trouble at the back of a pressurised scrum but loses credit for picking up a fairly cheap yellow-card. The lionhearted Heriot’s pairing of Jack McLean and Iain Wilson are at open-side and blind-side flanker, respectively. Which means the hard-working Gregor Nelson of Watsonians misses out.

The versatile duo of Callum Marshall of Heriot’s and Hamilton Burr of Stirling County are both unfortunate to miss out on selection this week.

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Stuart Edwards is at stand-off for his masterful orchestration of Heriots’ fine win at Melrose, and Peter Jercevich is at scrum-half after scoring two tries in Stirling’s big win over Boroughmuir.

Neil Armstrong at inside centre gave Edinburgh Access a platform as they pushed Glasgow Hawks all the way in a savage bottom-of-the-table tussle at Balgray, which means Craig Jackson of Melrose misses out on this occasions. At outside centre, Mark New of Glasgow Hawks edges out his opposite number on Saturday Robbie Kent of Edinburgh Access.

Two try Paddy Dewhirst is handed the number 11 jersey after an excellent performance in Ayr’s win over Hawick; Logan Trotter of Stirling County, who also scored twice against Boroughmuir,  is selected on the other wing, just ahead of Ben Robbins of Currie Chieftains; and the consistently excellent Jamie Forbes of Chieftains is at full-back


15. Jamie Forbes (Currie Chieftains)


14. Logan Trotter (Stirling County)

13. Mark New (Glasgow Hawks)

12. Neil Armstrong (Edinburgh Accies)

11. Paddy Dewhirst (Ayr)


10. Stuart Edwards (Heriot’s)

9. Peter Jericevich (Stirling County)


1. Gary Strain (Glasgow Hawks)

2. Fergus Scott (Currie Chieftains)

3.  Steven Longwell (Ayr)

4. Lars Morrice (Ayr)

5. Ruaridh Knott (Melrose)

6. Iain Wilson (Heriot’s)

7. Jack McLean (Heriot’s)

8.  Ali Mackie (Stirling County)

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