AARON MCCOLM is at full-back after scoring a try and kicking five conversions as Selkirk got their season off to a winning star.
The battle for the No14 jersey was particularly fierce, with Steven Hamilton of Currie Chieftains, Callum Young of Jed-Forest and Scott Bickerstaff of Marr all making strong cases for selection, but Aberdeen Grammar’s Nathan Brown scored two tries and was a stand-out in his team’s well-earned victory over Edinburgh Accies, so edges selection.
Logan Gordon-Woolley, who also crossed twice, is on the other wing, although Gary Munro of Jed could have sneaked it on the back of the effortless elegance of his dummy during the lead-up to Robbie Yourston‘s try against Marr.
Charlie Lonergan was at the forefront as GHA recovered from a tough first half against Currie Chieftains to salvage some respectability and positive energy ahead of their trip down to Mansfield Park next Saturday, so gets the nod at outside centre.
The selection at inside centre of Conor Bickertsaff of Marr – who helped himself to four tries as his team roused themselves from 21-3 down to secure an impressive 28-57 win over their favourite sparring partners Jed-Forest at Riverside Park – was beyond contention. Although honourable mentions are due to Alex Harley of Currie Chieftains who who troubled the GHA defence all afternoon with his arcing runs and turn of pace.
The old master Gregor Hunter of Currie Chieftains edges out the rising star of Bailey Donaldson of Hawick at stand-off on this occasion, but this surely won’t be the last time the youngster from Langholm will be pushing hard for selection into the Dream Team. Scrum-half is Jack Preston of Marr, who thrived behind a completely dominant pack.
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Luke Pettie scored two tries in his team’s victory at home to Glasgow Hawks which gets him the loose-head slot, just ahead of the consistently excellent Shawn Muir. Hawick are, at least, represented in the front-row by tight-head Craig Greer-Bachurzewski, who also scored twice and looks set to be a big player for the Borderers this season. He edges out William Farquhar, who was immense for Marr, and the powerful Argentinean Matias Argiro of Currie Chieftains.
The front-row is completed by Chieftains captain and hooker Fergus Scott, who was a giant presence all over the park and thew his darts with his usual pinpoint accuracy.
Aberdeen Grammar’s Robin Cessford got his team up and running with their opening try and was a towering presence in a powerful pack performance for the Rubislaw men, with Mike Vernel accompanying him in the engine room as a key man for Chieftains, especially as a plentiful source of line-out ball.
In the back-row, the experienced Michael Maltman of Musselburgh is in at blindside flanker after leading the resistance against Hawick at Stoneyhill with 24 tackles made and not one missed, meaning Chris Jollands of Aberdeen Grammar is unlucky to miss out. Teenager Billy McNeil of Hawick is at open-side, and New Zealander Benedict Grant was massively influential as part of a dominant Marr pack during the second half against Jed so is at No 8, just ahead of Greig Ryan of Aberdeen Grammar.
15. Aaron McColm (Selkirk)
14. Nathan Brown (Aberdeen Grammar)
13. Charlie Lonegran (GHA)
12. Conor Bickerstaff (Marr)
11. Logan Gordon-Woolley (Hawick)
10. Gregor Hunter (Currie Chieftains)
9. Jack Preston (Marr)
1. Luke Pettie (Selkirk)
2. Fergus Scott (Currie Chieftains)
3. Craig Greer-Bachurzewski (Hawick)
4. Mike Vernel (Currie Chieftains)
5. Robin Cessford (Aberdeen Grammar)
6. Michael Maltman (Musselburgh)
7. Billy McNeil (Hawick)
8. Benedict Grant (Marr)