Club rugby preview: Boroughmuir aim to bounce back

Bruce Aitchison
Bruce Aitchison
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Boroughmuir coach Bruce Aitchison is urging his players to build on the positive aspects of last week’s BT Premiership loss against Heriot’s when they take on Hawick at Meggetland tomorrow (kick-off 2pm).

“I was delighted with our boys’ effort because they stuck together and they never gave up,” he said, reflecting on his side’s first defeat of the campaign. “There were some very good individual bits but we need to stick performances together.”

Muir are in fourth place and Aitchison is looking to consolidate that position against the Borderers who lost when the sides met in the BT Cup final at Murrayfield in April, but who also have play-off aspirations.

“It will be an interesting one. We have drawn Hawick in the cup – and the cup final is still fresh in a lot of people’s minds. Hawick will come up here ready to battle and we need to make sure we stay switched on and get back on the horse,” said Aitchison.

Craig Marshall and Jordan Edmunds return in a reshuffled back division, while squad rotation sees Cal Davies replace Sean Crombie at hooker.

Heriot’s will be looking to retain top spot when they travel to meet Melrose. The champions will be without Stuart Edwards who could miss the rest of the campaign with a knee injury. Edwards’ misfortune offers an opportunity for Gregor McNeish to cement his place at stand-off. Heriot’s will also be without Russell Nimmo because of work commitments, allowing Iain Wilson to earn a starting berth.

Defeat last time out has seen Currie slip into the lower half of the league. Defeat last time out has 
seen Currie slip into the 
lower half of the league. Coach Ben Cairns has talented youngster Thomas Gordon back at flanker as the Malleny Park side seek to bounce back away to Ayr.

In BT National Division One, second-placed Watsonians host Dundee High, while Musselburgh, who are third, travel to face Kelso in a repeat of the recent cup tie which Burgh won by a single point.

Edinburgh Accies and Stewart’s Melville suffered defeats two weeks ago and will be looking for better fortunes at home to GHA (kick off 2pm), and Jed-Forest respectively.

Lasswade travel to face Hillhead/Jordanhill and Preston Lodge host Cartha Queens Park knowing that wins could move them back into the Division Two promotion race.

Haddington welcome Irvine and Livingston host Dalziel in Division Three.