FRASER THOMSON was at his magnificent best for Melrose against Stirling County on Saturday so is selected at full-back. He is joined in the back-three by: Jordan Edmunds, who worked hard throughout on a tough day for Boroughmuir against Ayr and showed great desire and ability when grabbing his try; and youngster Andrew McLean, who put in the hard yards on a difficult days for County.
Andrew Mitchell of Hawick and two-try Rory Hutton of Watsonians are edged out by Paddy Kelly of Ayr for the outside centre slot.
There are a lot of good inside centres in the league at the moment, with Robbie Nelson of Currie Chieftains and DJ Innes of Watsonians particularly unlucky this week to miss out to Stafford McDowall, who retains the number 12 jersey after another impressive display of power and guile.
Gregor Hunter‘s marshalling of Currie Chieftains and his excellent goal-kicking gets him selection in the always competitive stand-off slot, with Frazier Climo of Ayr and Lee Armstrong of Hawick the other leading contenders.
Murdo McAndrew‘s two tries for Melrose sees him selected ahead of Andrew Simmers of Heriot’s, Davie Armstrong of Ayr and Robbie Davis of Edinburgh Accies at scrum-half.
Ayr’s scrum obliterated Boroughmuir’s at times on Saturday so props Jamie Bhatti and Steven Longwell are unlucky to miss out to Shawn Muir of Hawick and Struan Cessford of Heriot’s, at loose-head and tight-head respectively.
It is tough going for Edinburgh Accies at the moment and they need their leading men to stand up and be counted, which is what hooker Callum Black did against Hawick, chipping in with two tries and making 15 tackles from the middle of the front-row (although it wasn’t quite enough to et the team the result they so desperately need). Honourable mentions are due to Johnny Matthews of Boroughmuir (who also scored two tries) and Michael Liness of Heriot’s.
There was a few tough calls in the second-row but ultimately Jamie Hodgson‘s line-out domination for Watsonians and Rhys Davies‘ graft for Currie Chieftains gets them in the team.
Jamie Sole put in a huge shift in a losing cause for Edinburgh Accies, but Tommy Spinks‘ all round influence for Ayr earns him the number six jersey.
Spinks’ partner in crime in the league leaders’ back-row, Gregor Henry, made a strong case for the open-side slot, but another towering performance from teenager Connor Boyle for Watsonians edges him in there.
After a tough first half individually, Gary Adams‘ resilience when Glasgow Hawks were staring down the barrel of another disaster against Watsonians earns him the number eight jersey. His 18 tackles, nine carries and one try helped his team fight back from 0-45 down midway through the second half to recapturing some respectability and four-try bonus point which could be crucial in the final reckoning.
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15. Fraser Thomson (Melrose)
14. Andrew McLean (Stirling County)
13. Paddy Kelly (Ayr)
12. Stafford McDowall (Ayr)
11. Jordan Edmunds (Boroughmuir)
10. Gregor Hunter (Currie Chieftains)
9. Murdo McAndrew (Melrose)
1. Shawn Muir (Hawick)
2. Callum Black (Edinburgh Accies)
3. Struan Cessford (Heriot’s)
4. Jamie Hodgson (Watsonians)
5. Rhys Davies (Currie Chieftains)
6. Tommy Spinks (Ayr)
7. Connor Boyle (Watsonians)
8. Gary Adams (Glasgow Hawks)