Tennent’s Men’s Premiership & National Leagues Preview | 19 November
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
All games this weekend are the rearranged fixtures that were postponed due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Jed-Forest, who are currently neck-in-neck with GHA on the league table, will be making the trip to face Borders-neighbours Selkirk.
Selkirk added another success onto their 2022 Tennent’s Men’s Premiership repertoire when they secured a 19-29 over hosts Glasgow Hawks.
Jed-Forest faced tough blow last Saturday against current league leaders Hawick, who trumped the Jedburgh based outfit 26-7.
Last time both sides met Selkirk enjoyed a healthy 21-9 victory over their hosts.
Jed-Forest Head Coach Andrew Brown said: “We were disappointed that we didn’t get anything from the game last week given the performance, we were in the game all the way to the final minute.
“This week will be a different challenge, but we will need to bring the same physicality. Focus through the week has been good with competition for places high.”
Selkirk RFC v Jed-Forest RFC – Philiphaugh, 7.30pm (Friday 18 November)
It’s a crucial clash this weekend for the east-based teams who currently sit second and third on the league table.
Currie had a field day against Musselburgh last weekend, securing 34 points to 5 and as a result, a bonus point win.
Edinburgh Accies faced a revived Marr side last week who managed to grab an impressive 42-29 win over the current third placed team.
It was a close score when the two met last, but Currie prevailed with a 24-20 triumph.
Currie Chieftains v Edinburgh Accies – Malleny Park, 1.15pm
It’s top versus bottom. Will Hawick add a tenth to their nine-game victory or will Musselburgh throw a spanner in the works?
Hawick’s nineteen-point win over Jed-Forest last weekend yet again proved why the Borders side deserve their current place in the league.
It was another week of heartbreak for Musselburgh as they finished with a 29-point deficit against Currie.
In their previous meeting back in January, Hawick were victorious with a 36-12 win.
Hawick RFC v Musselburgh RFC – Mansfield Park, 1.15pm
Both Marr and Heriot’s Blues will be looking to continue their winning ways this week and hopefully edge away from the bottom of the table.
Last season’s champions Marr managed to break their losing pattern last weekend as they secured a 42-29 win over Edinburgh Accies.
In a high-intensity, high-scoring fight, Heriot’s Blues bagged their third win of the season against GHA (31-44).
This weekend will be the first time the two sides meet this season.
Marr RFC v Heriot’s Blues – Fullarton Park, 1.15pm
After heartbreak for both teams last weekend, it’s a Glasgow derby this Saturday as Glasgow Hawks host GHA.
A tough shift for Glasgow Hawks saw them land a ten-point deficit against Selkirk at home (19-29).
It was a high-scoring clash between GHA and Heriot’s Blues last weekend, but it wasn’t meant to be for the Glasgow outfit who lost 31-44.
Last time the two met, GHA managed to snatch a 20-7 point win over their Glasgow rivals.
Glasgow Hawks v GHA RFC – Balgray, 2pm
Tennent’s Men’s National League Division 1
With both teams experiencing defeats last week, Watsonians and Stirling County will be looking to add points under their name when the latter travel to face the capital-based side.*
It’s a crucial match for Stewart’s Melville who will be looking to get themselves off the bottom of the league table when they make the trip to Melrose.*
Due to adverse weather conditions, Aberdeen Grammar Rugby’s match versus Highland RFC at Rubislaw has been postponed.
With only two points separating them on the league table, current second place Ayr host third place Gala in what will be an exciting clash.
This weekend GHK will be looking to continue their winning ways when they welcome Biggar to Old Anniesland.
*These games will be played on Friday 18 November, with the rest of the planned matches played on Saturday 19 November.