Boroughmuir upbeat for derby against Watsonians

Boroughmuir coach Peter Wright is seeking a repeat of last week's winning performance when he takes his side to face Watsonians in tomorrow's third round of BT Premiership.

Friday, 9th September 2016, 5:30 am
Updated Monday, 12th September 2016, 4:26 pm
Boroughmuir head coach Peter Wright

Muir served up some scintillating rugby to open their account for the season against Stirling County and understandably Wright has remained loyal to the men who performed well last time out. The only change in the starting team is the absence of centre Greg Cannie through injury. He is replaced by Ronan Kerr, son of former Edinburgh district player Jock.

“After a hard-fought victory against Stirling last week we are looking to continue the good work against our local rivals who have started off the season with two confident wins,” said Wright. “No games are easy in this league and we are expecting another bruiser.”

Sonians welcome back skipper Martin Christie who missed the start of the campaign through injury, and hand a debut to lock Fraser Morrison.

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Coach Marcus Di Rollo is relishing the clash, saying: “Boroughmuir had a good win last week and we are in good form so it has all the makings of a really entertaining Edinburgh derby.”

Across the city, Heriot’s will be looking to bounce back from last week’s agonising defeat and post a first win of the season when they welcome basement side Hawick.

The Goldenacre men, who lost to a last-minute try against Ayr, have captain Rory Carmichael available after injury and also list Edinburgh pros George Turner and Cornell Du Preez in the starting line-up.

“While an obvious step up from the week before, the bottom line is that we were beaten and we need to stop the rot this weekend,” said Heriot’s coach Phil Smith. “Many areas of the game versus Ayr were positive which has seen us really focus on a couple of areas that really need addressed.”

Meanwhile, another winless side, Currie, face a trip to play table-toppers Melrose who have started the campaign with two bonus-point victories.

Currie coach Ben Carins, who has Glasgow pros Jarrod Firth and Richie Vernon at his disposal, is looking for his men to cut down on a high error count that cost them dearly against Gala last Saturday.

“The great thing about the BT Premiership is you do not have to wait too long to right some wrongs,” said Cairns.

All mathches kick-off at 3pm.