For Boroughmuir to maintain an unbeaten start to National League rugby on Saturday will mean outwitting one of the rising stars of Scottish rugby coaching.
Marcus Di Rollo, below, will take his Watsonians team to Meggetland smarting after surrendering their 100 per cent credentials at Kelso last weekend and, according to one ex-Muir captain who has worked within the Watsonian set up, that will make them especially dangerous.
As well as skippering Boroughmuir ex-internationalist Stuart Reid helped coach Watsonians up to 18 months ago and commented: “A lot of the personnel have changed at Watsonians but one constant is Marcus as head coach.
“I thought back when I coached the forwards, and I think now, he is the coach to watch in the club game.
“The authorities should take a good look at Marcus who has some great ideas, the pedigree of an ex-Scotland player and also someone who had a season at Toulouse absorbing their methods.
“As a forwards coach I jumped up and down shouting By contrast Marcus’ role was to bring a creative side.
“He should certainly be looked at for a step up although whether he could commit is up to him and it seems Watsonians have added to their coaching strength with Jason White, Barry Stewart and Allan Jacobsen.”
At the same time ex-back rower Reid, who was speaking at the launch of the annual Glengoyne Auld Enemy dinner to be held in aid of Erskine Hospital charity on the eve of this season’s Calcutta Cup clash in Edinburgh, retains faith in his old Boroughmuir club.
“There was always a question mark about whether Boroughmuir, when the chips were down, would they really bring out their talents.
“This isn’t the first time they have gone down but I know the aim is to bounce straight back as they did last time and with them in good hands under coaches Bruce Aitchison and Ben Fisher they are off to a good start. It will be no-holds-barred on Saturday.
• Edinburgh have lost the services of Michael Tait after parent club, Newcastle Falcons, recalled the centre. Capital trialist Tait played in the last two Pro 12 games from off the bench.