Boroughmuir coach Bruce Aitchison will hope his men have learned the lessons of recent weeks as they prepare to welcome Melrose to Meggetland on BT Premiership duty tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).
A more complete performance in each of the past two matches would have yielded more than a solitary bonus point for Muir, who are third from bottom, and increasingly desperate to record a win.
Aitchison welcomes back skipper Andy Rose who was on international duty with Zimbabwe at the Hong Kong Cup of Nations last week, while Craig Marshall and Dougie Steele are restored after injury as the Capital side bids to clip the wings of the Borderers, who will be buoyed by an impressive win over leaders Ayr last week.
“We know we have to play for 80 minutes and build on our second-half performance from last week,” said Aitchison of the loss against Currie, whose coach Ben Cairns has also warned of the need for total focus ahead of the trip to meet basement side Selkirk who suffered a crushing loss against Heriot’s last week.
“We expect a big backlash after Selkirk’s heavy defeat,” said Cairns, who has pros Blair Kinghorn and Rory Hughes available. “We know they are a completely different beast at Philiphaugh.”
Heriot’s face Hawick, who have a top-four finish in their sights. Coach Phil Smith recalls Murray McCallum and Graham Wilson at loose-head prop and scrum-half.
BT National Division One pacesetters Watsonians travel to face Peebles, the side at the other end of the table, while the three teams immediately below the Myreside outfit all enjoy home advantage.
Third-placed Howe of Fife host a Stewart’s Melville side that won the reverse fixture on the first day of the season but has subsequently struggled, while Edinburgh Accies, currently fourth, will want to atone for the defeat they suffered at Stoneyhill when they face Musselburgh at Raeburn Place.
Preston Lodge have established themselves as promotion contenders in Division Two and can further boost their aspirations with a win away to second-placed Falkirk.
Lasswade are seeking to bounce back from two successive defeats when they make the trip to face Biggar.
Haddington are at Berwick in Division Three and Livingston enjoy home advantage in their fixture against RHC Cougars.