4 talking points from round 14 of the Tennent’s Premiership

Currie Chieftains ended up in a battle against Glasgow Hawks, while Boroughmuir had it pretty much all their own way against Edinburgh Accies

Currie Chieftains v Glasgow Hawks
Currie Chieftains raced into a 20 point lead against Glasgow Hawks but were holding on at the end. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
  • With Heriots, Watsonians and Melrose still to come, Currie Chieftains will feel that their bonus point win over Glasgow Hawks at Balgray affords them not only a good chance of making the play-offs but also the very real prospect of earning a home tie. It was not perfect but it was good enough. They came out hard and put Hawks well and truly to the sword in the first half –  but dropped their intensity alarmingly in the third quarter –  yet when it got tight they were good enough to reboot and close the game out. Thomas Gordon had another great game.

 

  • Unopposed rugby for Boroughmuir against Edinburgh Accies at Hawthornden –  with hooker Johnny Matthews claiming four of their eleven tries – and encouraging returns to active service for Chris Laidlaw and Archie Russell.  You can only beat what is put in front of you –  and that is what Boroughmuir did comprehensively –  but Ayr at Millbrae next Saturday will be the litmus test for their recent run of good form.

 

  • Having been on the wrong end of a tanking when they met Currie Chieftains at Malleny in September, Glasgow Hawks  were 20 points adrift in as many minutes at Balgray on Saturday – so their long suffering coach, Fin Gillies, must be hugely encouraged by the spirited way they fought back to salvage two priceless losing bonus points  – which help amplify the daylight between themselves and Edinburgh Accies, whom they meet at Balgray on the 19th of this month. A tremendously brave all round effort – with Mark New a massive presence in midfield on his return to action after a bout of glandular fever and Kaleem Baretto a real catalyst once he came off the bench.

 

  • Edinburgh Accies did not turn up for their game against Boroughmuir at Hawthornden – and they got the beating that they deserved. Arithmetically they could still maybe just about sidestep the bottom (relegation?) slot – but to have any chance whatsoever they will need a much more competitive and committed perspective for their match against Hawick at Raeburn Place next week.

Glasgow Hawks v Currie Chieftains: slow starting hosts leave themselves too much to do

Boroughmuir v Edinburgh Accies: bottom club slayed in Lasswade

 

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1 Comment

  1. The relegation or not relegation issue for the premiership should have been resolved weeks ago.

    It really is poor that the clubs and Accies in particular dont know what the situation is.

    Should make future motions at the AGM interesting though – petitioners can pint to the shambles of the SRUs own making when challenged to give detail to their motions. They can use the SRU defence of making it up as you go along.

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