Tennent’s Men’s Premiership and National League Division 1 2022/23 | Saturday 1 October Preview
Find out all you need to know ahead of another weekend of Tennent's Men's Premiership and National League Division 1 action.
Tennent’s Men’s Premiership – Saturday 24 September
It was a big weekend of rugby for Hawick last week as they not only secured their win over Heriot’s Blues, but also retained The Bill McLaren Shield, a trophy contended for in honour of the great rugby commentator.
Based on New Zealand’s famous Ranfurly Shield, it is a challenge competition competed for by Scotland’s Premiership clubs, in which the holder must defend the prize against any team they host in either league or cup competition.
Four successful defences mean that the holder gets their name engraved on the Shield, after which they take the trophy on the road with all league and cup games becoming challenge matches until such time as an opponent takes the spoils.
Hawick’s win last week became their fourth, earning them their name on the Shield, and this now also means the trophy is up for grabs this weekend at Braidholm.
Sitting fourth in the table standings with 15 points, Hawick have had a strong start to this year’s campaign.
After losing out to Currie last weekend by just three points, GHA will hope that they can come out on top this weekend and take ownership of the Bill McLaren trophy.
GHA v Hawick – Braidholm, 2pm KO
Elsewhere in the competition, reining champions Marr will host Currie Chieftains.
Currie have had a strong start to their campaign winning all four of their fixtures so far, topping the table with 20 points.
After losing out last week to Glasgow Hawks, Marr will be looking to bounce back this weekend at home. Despite that loss, a key milestone was recorded last weekend by winger Scott Bickerstaff who scored his 200th try for the 1XV side in his 239th appearance for the club.
This Premiership final 2021/22 rematch will no doubt be nothing short of exciting.
Marr v Currie Chieftains – Fullarton, 2pm KO
Edinburgh Accies will welcome Jed-Forest to Raeburn Place on Saturday.
Jed-Forest recorded their first win last weekend against Musselburgh (43-34) and will look to build on that performance.
Accies on the other hand have secured three wins from four rounds, taking them to second place in the table.
Edinburgh Academical FC v Jed-Forest – Raeburn Place, 2pm KO
It’s been a tough start for Premiership newcomers Heriot’s Blues so far as they’ve yet to win a game, so this weekend they will look to change that as they host Selkirk at Goldenacre.
After narrowly losing out to Edinburgh Accies last weekend, Selkirk will be hoping to get back on track this weekend and add to their current 12 league points.
Heriot’s Blues v Selkirk – Goldenacre, 2pm KO
It’s been an equally tricky start to the season for Musselburgh as they also search for their first win of the season, although they have managed to pick up some try bonus and losing bonus points along the way.
The Hawks however have made a strong start and sit in third place after four rounds, earning 16 league points.
Musselburgh v Glasgow Hawks – Stoneyhill, 2pm KO
Tennent’s Men’s National League Division 1 – Saturday 24 September
In Tennent’s National Division 1 Gala will look to extend their lead in the league standings as they welcome GHK to Netherdale.
Melrose will host Aberdeen Grammar at the Greenyards, the final location in Tim Tunnicliff’s Great Rugger Run, which you can find out more about HERE. Aberdeen will be looking to come out of the blocks firing on all cylinders following last week’s 1-point defeat to Stirling (24-25).
Reeling from that win, Stirling will welcome Dundee Rugby to Bridgehaugh. The visitors will have to dig deep as they look to carve out their first win of the season.
Biggar will travel north to take on Highland. Just one point separates these two sides in the league standings, with two wins from three for both sides.
Stewart’s Melville will face Kelso this weekend as they look to bounce back from two defeats.
Finally, at Millbrae, Ayr will host Watsonians. The visitors claimed their first win of the season last weekend against Stewart’s Melville (34-16) and will be looking to add to their tally.
All six fixtures kick off at 3pm.