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Prem 1 roundup

A delayed roundup of last weekend’s premier 1 matches. Things are getting tight at the top as Hawks beat Dundee, Melrose got the win they had needed and every top half team is ravenously hunting for a top four spot rumoured to earn the highest placed teams a station in next years British and Irish Cup. Of course this is all supposition right now. Something that is true, however, is that Watsonians are staring into the relegation abyss after losing to Selkirk. It could come to the wire between them and fellow strugglers Accies but with two of their remaining games against Melrose and Hawks, things aren’t looking good for the men in maroon.

Here are Saturday’s results:

Selkirk 34-14 Watsonians
at Philliphaugh

Selkirk: Harkness, Hendrie, Cassidy, Nixon, Jones; Craig, McVie; Patterson, Grieve, Taylor, Aglen, Willet, Darling, Johnston, Renwick.
Replacements Used: Clappeton, Forrest, Smyth, Murray, Tomlinson.
Watsonians: Forbes, Rowe, Brown, McKee, Learmonth; Ker, Blackwood; Scott, Turnbull, Coertze, Grant, Weizman, Callander, Fedo, Dennis.
Replacements Used: Hart, Main, Masson, Trotter, Somerville.

Scoring Summary
Selkirk Tries: Craig, Jones (2), Johnston. Con: Cassidy (4). Pen: Cassidy (2).
Watsonians Tries: Ker, Somerville. Con: Ker, Forbes.
SRB Man of the Match: Gavin Craig

West of Scotland 33-49 Heriot’s
at Burnbrae

West of Scotland: M Sim; A Park, R Dalgleish, J Kerr, S Hunter; B Wright, G Taylor; C Hastie, G Bulloch, C Johnston, M Jenkinson, R McAlpine, J Walker, D Young G Fisken.
Replacements Used: D McKenna.
Heriot’s: C Goudie; J Alston, P Saunders, R Mill, M Nimmo; G Rutherford, G Wilson; A Dymock, F Gillies, W Blacklock, P O’Connor, C Osazuwa, J Hill, S Dewar, J Syme.
Replacements Used: S Burnett, M Welch, S Johnson, A Douglas.

Scoring Summary
West of Scotland Tries – Johnston, Sim, Fisken, Dalgleish, Hastie. Cons – Sim 4.
Heriot’s Tries – Goudie 2, Syme, Alston, Dewar, Nimmo. Cons – Wilson 4, Rutherford 1. Pens – Wilson 2, Rutherford.
SRB Man of the Match: Mark Jenkinson

Stewart’s Melville 3-38 Boroughmuir
at Inverleith

Stewart’s Melville: R Borthwick, M Doneghan, H Lingard, C Marshall, C Williams, R Grant, S Ker, J Charles, S Blackwood, A Statham, J Robertson, A Lean, A Fraser, F Lamont, B Tweedie.
Replacements Used: A Duncan, C Mackintosh, R Primrose, A Cox.
Boroughmuir: E Mills, R Cairns, M Clapperton, J Fish, T Bury, G Blackhall, C Cusiter, F Lait, S McMurchy, B Ross, N Patrick, G Scott, E Matheson, P Cronin, J Doubleday.
Replacements Used: N Fraser, J Va’a, M Stalley, M Hare, S McGee.

Scoring Summary
Stewart’s Melville Pen: Ker.
Boroughmuir Tries: Penalty, Doubleday, Matheson, Cairns, Cusiter, Mills. Cons: Blackhall (4).
SRB Man of the Match: Jamie Doubleday

Dundee HSFP 32-33 Glasgow Hawks
at Mayfield

Dundee HSFP: A Horton; M Smith, H Duthie, R Lemon, J Fleming; C Ferguson, A Dymock; N Dymock, J Clark, A Brown, C Cumming, R Cessford, S McKee, G Ryan, D Levison.
Replacements Used: D Russell, D Young, E Grewar, S Dreyer, B Jones.
Glasgow Hawks: A White; R Hair, M Adamson, G Harkness, C Gossman; D Weir, P Jericevich; G Strain, J Maclay, J Stafford, C Harvey, M Whittleston, R McKay, G Oomman, G Strang.
Replacements Used: R Hamilton, E Morrison, K Gossman.

Scoring Summary
Dundee HSFP Tries – Levison, Fleming, A Dymock. Cons – Fleming, Jones 2. Pens – Jones 2.
Glasgow Hawks Tries – Whittleston 2, Jericevich. Cons – Weir 3. Pens – Weir 4.
SRB Man of the Match: Duncan Weir

Melrose 34-13 Edinburgh Accies
at The Greenyards

Melrose: F Thomson; C Anderson, J Murray, J King, B Allen; S Wight, S McCormick; K Cooney, W Mitchell, N Beavon, S Johnson, G Elder, J Dalziel, N McTaggart, R Miller.
Replacements Used: L Gibson, A Gillie, T Miskelly, R Chrystie, A Dodds.
Edinburgh Accies: S Moffat; D Rattray, G Douglas, S Wilson, M Coupar; R Bonner, R Sampson; S Patience, D Cherry, L Niven, E Stuart, G Campbell, R Snape, T Drennan, D Teague.
Replacements Used: D McLeod, N Miller, M Liness, M Campbell, R Browne.

Scoring Summary
Melrose Tries – Thomson (2), Allen, Beavon, Anderson.Pen – King. Cons – Wight, King (2).
Edinburgh Accies Try – Rattray. Con – Douglas. Pens – Douglas (2).
SRB Man of the Match: Fraser Thomson

Reports by me could be thin and slim for the next two weeks as I will be away in Ireland from Friday this week for B &I Cup duties (I’m sure Munster won’t be that good…) and then from Wednesday the week after for the Club International match, but Rory, Gregor and Al should have plenty of stuff on the ‘Auld Enemy’ and our last 6N match against Ireland. Here’s hoping we can sent the wooden spoon to Rome!

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1 Response

  1. The enthusiam with which the Players & clubs have embraced the CIs & the B&I Cup is great to see & must surely be reflected in the intensity of each game.

    It must surely, however, be reflected next season on the number of games played in P1 as some guys are going to finish up potentiallywith a 30+ game season.

    The only way that can be achieved is by reducing the size of P1 which will cause displacement down through the system, even in all other leagues stay the same size.

    When twinned with the impact of the weather, this has created additional backlogs this season.

    Does this not cry out for a change in the current season format?

    Is this unfair on the 4 clubs who could potentially drop out of P1 & those who see their promotion ambitions elsewhere dashed to suit the top 4 P1 Clubs?

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