Boroughmuir coach Peter Wright will hope to have his side closer to full strength as he bids to halt flying Currie Chieftains at Meggetland tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).
Wright’s side have lost their two opening fixtures while tomorrow’s opponents have recorded bonus-point wins.
Wright has delayed finalising his team as Muir attempt to break their duck, as he awaits confirmation of an injury list that has interrupted his selection since the start of the campaign.
Although Chieftains are unbeaten, coach Ben Cairns has acknowledged there is still room for improvement and he is wary of a wounded home side, saying: “Boroughmuir have had a tough start to the season. They were obviously very unlucky to lose their first home match versus Ayr and we know they will be desperate to get the first win.”
Cairns, who hands a first start to hooker Callum MacKintosh and welcomes back winger Ruaridh Smith, is anticipating another entertaining encounter featuring a clutch of talented youngsters who were named this week in the Scottish Rugby Academy set up.
Across Colinton Road, Watsonians find themselves in a similar position to Muir, with two losses and facing a side, Stirling County in this case, who have chalked up a perfect ten-point tally so far.
Sonians coach Steve Lawrie will be looking to address the defensive weaknesses against a team that chalked up a half century of points last time out. He hands a debut to former Boroughmuir prop Nick Fraser and has Scotland sevens international Jamie Farndale on the wing.
“Following two disappointing results we are keen to get our campaign kick started and we appreciate we need to be far more robust defensively in order to achieve this,” he said.
After two narrow defeats, Heriot’s head for unbeaten Glasgow Hawks. Coach Phil Smith has been frustrated by the second-half performances on successive Saturdays, and he is confident that a maiden success is not far away.
“Despite not holding out last week, the boys know they are getting a little bit closer to where we want to be,” said Smith, who has picked skipper Rory Carmichael at centre.