Edinburgh’s bid for Myreside scuppered by booking

Edinburgh played at Myreside in 2001

Edinburgh played at Myreside in 2001

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Myreside has had to be ruled out as a possible venue for Edinburgh Rugby’s next home encounter in the RaboDirect PRO12 against Ospreys on February 28.

Edinburgh Rugby want to switch the fixture from Murrayfield as the pitch continues to be treated for a worm infestation which is damaging grass roots.

The Evening News has learned that Edinburgh officials made an approach but were told another engagement at the Watson’s College ground had already been agreed.

It is understood that Boroughmuir’s Meggetland has been inspected but that the Gala ground at Netherdale was being given serious consideration on a one-off basis.

Meanwhile, Myreside could tomorrow see Boroughmuir move a step closer to promotion back to the Premiership when they visit Watsonians knowing a bonus-point victory could see them guaranteed a play-off spot – provided results elsewhere go their way.

’Muir are well aware of the significance of the fixture and during the elongated league break have kept in touch with friendlies against Premier sides Currie and Heriot’s.

Coach Bruce Aitchison said: “We’ve come to the business end of the season and, with four games remaining, Roddy Mackenzie, Will Kay and Trent Sutton return to the squad after injury.

”Magnus Bradbury is on duty with Scotland under-21s in Athlone which means a step up for Joni Hare at blindside flanker.

While second-place Watsonians have still to finalise a line-up, Stewart’s Melville, lying third in the National League, welcome the return of influential Kiwi stand-off and captain Nick McCashin ahead of the visit to Dundee High.

Also returning for Stew-Mel, who are ten points adrift of leaders Boroughmuir but only two behind Watsonians, are Rhuarid Stuart and Donald Sangster in the back row.

In the Premiership, Currie head to Glasgow Hawks and coach Ally Donaldson needs no reminding that they were beaten 15-48 at home by these opponents this season.

“Hawks’ performance against us at Malleny Park was one of the best we have seen this season,” he said.

Heriot’s go to Aberdeen and Edinburgh Accies visit Gala.