Boroughmuir coach: Don’t chuck away our win over champions

Warning: Bruce Aitchison
Warning: Bruce Aitchison
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Boroughmuir have been warned not to fall into the same trap as Edinburgh Rugby in seeking this weekend to build on an away win at BT Premiership champions Melrose.

Currie come calling at Meggetland in what should be a fascinating Capital derby between rivals each with a two-wins-from-three start.

However, Boroghmuir coach Bruce Aitchison, pictured, in warning his team, noted how Edinburgh came to grief just a week after winning at former European champions Munster.

“If we don’t back up our Melrose win then what was achieved will mean nothing,” he said. “Fergus Pringle was forwards coach at Boroughmuir until a couple of seasons ago and, now with Currie, this will be the first time he returns armed with knowledge of our players.”

It is certainly the case that some ’Muir personnel are long serving, but, by and large, this is a new-look team including Mike Entwhistle, formerly of Currie, in the back row.

“I don’t have any fears that Mike will take an outing against his old team in his stride,” said Aitchison.

“Regardless of who he plays against, Mike can be relied upon to run over any opponent standing in his way and it wasn’t as if Mike left Currie directly to join us. He had a season back in his native Ballymena then realised how much he enjoyed Edinburgh, where he had a lot of friends, including our second row Adam Best, who got him along to us.”

So far Boroughmuir have been served by pros Magnus Bradbury, Neil Cochrane, Simon Berghan and Carl Bezuidenhout, but a combination of injury and the fact Edinburgh are likely to be playing a back-up game on Monday could have a knock-on effect.

In any case, Bezuidenhout reported a knee injury after completing 80 minutes for ’Muir last Saturday, during which he contributed 16 points. Another casualty was centre Stevie Wilson, who returned home on crutches after suffering a hip injury, but on the plus side Charlie Sutton, a young South African half back, debuted.

Sutton will be among candidates for a start this week at a time when summer signing Chris Laidlaw is still about a month away from full fitness, but either Graeme Blackhall and David Reekie can be relied upon to return and give stalwart service.

“The really great thing is that ’Muir are expected to field a fourth XV for the first time in a while this weekend while standards are rising throughout,” continued Aitchison.

“Don’t take my word for it; New Zealander Simon Berghan came in and said he’d heard negative comments about the club scene which has turned out to be completely unfounded so far as he is concerned.

“In the national league last season our second row Trent Sutton made the point that passengers could be carried. This time round Trent has noted that in the Premiership there’s no hiding place so far as he or anybody else is concerned.

“That sums up just how much club rugby is growing and competition for the four play-offs places is going to be fierce.”