Watsonians keep cool despite being on brink of title

Watsonians are on the cusp of playing Premiership Rugby next season. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Watsonians are on the cusp of playing Premiership Rugby next season. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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Watsonians coach Marcus Di Rollo insists his men will approach their biggest game of the season in the same way they have prepared for other matches in BT National League Division One.

Sonians will take the field for their clash with Howe of Fife at Myreside tomorrow (kick off 3pm) knowing that a bonus-point victory will be enough to clinch the title and secure a 
return to the top flight.

“We are certainly not playing it down,” said Di Rollo. “But we will go into it with the same attitude we have had all season of taking it one game at a time. That has served us well so far.”

The former Scotland centre is happy with the form his players have shown in recent weeks and believes they are now ready to make the step up to the Premiership.

“A lot of the guys have been around for four years or so. Most are now 23 or 24 and they are managing the game a lot better”, he added. “It’s very important for the club to go up because that’s where it wants to be. But it’s important to go up and stay up. I’m not sure that we were ready previously, but I’m hoping we are ready now.”

Di Rollo is taking nothing for granted against opponents who pushed ‘Sonians all the way before the Capital men emerged with the win when the sides met earlier in the campaign. However, he will hope to complete the job tomorrow as, should they fail to take all five points and allow second-placed Marr – who trail by six points with two matches to play – to remain in the title race, the Myreside outfit will have to depend on the outcome of the trip to face Dundee High on April 16.

Meanwhile, Edinburgh Accies, who could yet finish as high as third if results go in their favour over the coming weeks, welcome Peebles to 
Raeburn Place, Stewart’s Melville host Kelso and Musselburgh will round off their league programme at home to GHA, having secured their survival with an impressive win against Howe of Fife last 
Saturday.

Among the other matches this weekend, RHC Cougars face a tough assignment in Division Three when they host unbeaten GHK, needing a win to guarantee survival, while Livingston can also move closer to safety if they can win away to fellow strugglers East Kilbride.