10 talking points from round 11 of the Tennent’s Premiership

Currie Chieftains became the second side to topple league leaders Ayr this season, allowing Melrose to move to within a point of the summit thanks to emphatic win at Glasgow Hawks

Edinburgh Accies v Stirling County
Edinburgh Accies v Stirling County. Image: John Williamson
  • A passionate afternoon at Malleny. Steven Longwell was totally dominant at scrum time for Ayr. Their ball retention was good and their driving maul was effective – but they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time – with their discomfit enhanced by two Frazier Climo goal kicks coming back off the upright.

 

 

  • A decent crowd and a great atmosphere at Myreside on Friday night where ball retention was a big problem for Heriots – which made it very difficult for them to find any foothold in the game. A very disappointing result, which, though it may not be fatal to their play-off aspirations, is none-the-less another worrying exemplar of the lack of consistency which has dogged them all season.

 

  • ‘Big Cam’ and ‘Greco’ would have hit the vintage port hard in Valhalla on Saturday night celebrating Currie Chieftains brave victory over league leaders Ayr. Annihilated in the scrum – they fought themselves to a stand-still to win a game which, in truth, they had no right to win. Fergus Scott and Tom Gordon were nothing short of heroic up front – Robbie Nelson and Joe Reynolds attacked what little ball came their way to devastating effect – but overall it was down to the collective mindset – ‘ils ne passeront pas’  as the French troops famously yelled at Verdun in 1916.

 

  • Watsonians had to work hard for their vital victory over Heriots. ‘Tight margins’ according to Stevie Lawrie – but they defended aggressively – Lee Millar kicked his goals confidently and there was a promising first senior game from young Lomond MacPherson on the right wing.

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  • A bonus point win at Mansfield is not to be sneezed at – but there was a distinct lack of urgency about Boroughmuir and a clear failure to take full advantage of the make-shift Hawick front-row. An excellent all-round performance from Gavin Parker – whilst both Jack Steele and Craig Keddie brought some much needed oomph off the bench.

 

 

 

 


This weekend’s BT Prmiership match reports –

Watsonians 16-5 Heriot’s – defence is key for hosts

Hawick v Boroughmuir – pressure tells in the end

Currie Chieftains v Ayr – Malleny men do it for the guys upstairs

Forward power key for Stirling County over still frustrated Edinburgh Accies

Glasgow Hawks v Melrose – champions now a point from league summit

 

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