Club rugby: Currie take on table-toppers Ayr

Edinburgh player Blair Kinghorn is available to play for Currie tomorrow
Edinburgh player Blair Kinghorn is available to play for Currie tomorrow
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Currie enter the home straight in the race for BT Premiership play-off places with a tough assignment at home to table-toppers Ayr tomorrow (kick off 3pm).

The Malleny Park men, who occupy fourth spot by virtue of a superior points difference than Hawick, have pros Blair Kinghorn and Kieran Low available. Coach Ben Cairns acknowledges the magnitude of tomorrow’s task but is confident in his side’s readiness.

“Playing the league leaders who are in fine form at the moment, coupled with the fact they have four pros released this weekend, means we face a huge challenge to get the win,” said Cairns.

“However, with ourselves in a run of good form we are looking forward to meeting the challenge head on.”

Heriot’s welcome Melrose to Goldenacre for the first time since April’s Premiership play-off final when the Capital men snatched victory in the dying seconds. The try scorer on that occasion was Jason Hill who returns from injury tomorrow. Heriot’s go into the match (kick off 2pm) in the unfamiliar position of having lost their past two matches, so coach Phil Smith is urging his players to remain focused in order to avoid an unwanted hat trick.

“We know that any dropping off in any areas of our performance will be punished,” said Smith. “The boys are aware of this and I sense will be keen to get back on track.”

Hawick name Edinburgh pro Dougie Fife in the side to face Boroughmuir, the club where he played his early rugby. Muir have Magnus Bradbury back from international sevens duty as a replacement for Callum Reid who was injured in the defeat against Gala. Bradbury’s Edinburgh colleague, winger Otolea Katoa, also comes in for the clash which goes ahead at Mansfield Park thanks to the efforts of Hawick members following recent floods in the town.

Watsonians hold a ten-point lead in BT National Division One as they travel across the city to face a Stewart’s Melville side that has shown signs of improving form in recent weeks but lost last Saturday against Edinburgh Accies who sit fifth in the table.

Accies are on the road to face Jed-Forest, the team immediately above them, with little margin for error if they hope to feature in the race for the top two slots.

Elsewhere, Musselburgh welcome Aberdeen Grammar, seeking a win that will take Grant Talac’s men another step towards securing survival.

In Division Two, four successive defeats have plunged Lasswade into the bottom two ahead of their clash at home to Aberdeenshire. Preston Lodge bid to halt pacesetters Hamilton Bulls at Pennypit with a victory that would spice up the title race and keep them in the mix.

Haddington have battled to wins in three successive tight encounters in Division Three and will look to maintain that run when they travel to face East Kilbride.

Haddington could be beneficiaries when RHC Cougars host Dumfries Saints looking for points to move closer to safety.