Tennent’s Premiership Dream Team – round 5

Several tough calls after a weekend in which Ayr underlined their title credentials with a monumental team performance

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It was hard to lave any players from Ayr's epic battle against Melrose out of this week's Dream Team ***Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk***

NOT only did Fraser Renwick score three tries for Watsonians against his old club, but he also weighed in with 20 tackles – the joint second most in the league this weekend (behind only Martin Hughes of Heriot’s) to make his name the first on the team-sheet at hooker. He has Melrose’s Grant Shiells as his loose-head, and Struan Cessford of Heriot’s as his tight-head.

Hughes’ selection at blindside flanker after making a monstrous 30 tackles means the consistently excellent Tommy Spinks is once again desperately unlucky to miss out. And it is a similar situation for Spinks’ back-row compadre at Ayr, Gregor Henry, who would have been a very worthy selection at open-side had it not been for Thomas Gordon‘s dynamic performance for Currie Chieftains in their emphatic victory over Glasgow Hawks.

Blair Macpherson‘s rich vein of form continues and he is at number eight after a strong captain’s performance for the Millbrae men, in which a yellow-card for illegally halting a surging Melrose line-out drive was the only real black mark.

Any two of the four second-rows which started the Ayr versus Melrose clash at Millbrae could have made the team team this week and, in the end, Marshall Sykes of the home side and James Head of the visitors edge it just ahead of David Corbinici and Angus Runciman.

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Behind the scrum, Peter Jericevich‘s huge work-rate for Stirling County gets him the scrum-half slot.

There was no shortage of strong candidates at stand-off, with Frazier Climo of Ayr and Gregor Hunter of Chieftains leading the charge, but ultimately Lee Millar of Watsonians gets the jersey after being pretty unlucky to miss out the last couple of weeks.

Stafford McDowall is a big lump at inside centre for Ayr, but there is also some real subtlety to his game and he took his try excellently; outside him is George Spencer, who scored both Accies’ tries against Boroughmuir.

On the left wing, Jordan Edmunds didn’t get on the score-sheet, but he was a constant menace on the left wing for Boroughmuir with nine tackle-breaks from 11 carries; while on the opposite touch-line; and Ben Robbins‘ two tries for the Chieftains saw him move to top of the scoring charts with a grand total of nine for the season so far.

Another Chieftain in Jamie Forbes saw plenty of action with the ball in hand, and weighed in with two scores of his own, to earn the 15 jersey.


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15. Jamie Forbes (Currie Chieftains)

 

14. Ben Robbins (Currie Chieftains)

13. George Spencer (Edinburgh Accies)

12. Stafford McDowall (Ayr)

11.  Jordon Edmunds (Boroughmuir)

 

10.  Lee Millar (Watsonians)

9. Peter Jericevich (Stirling County)

 

1. Grant Shiells (Melrose)

2. Fraser Renwick (Watsonians)

3. Struan Cessford (Heriot’s)

4. James Head (Melrose)

5. Marshall Sykes (Ayr)

6. Martin Hughes (Heriot’s)

7.  Thomas Gordon (Currie Chieftains)

8.  Blair Macpherson (Ayr)


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