Currie Chieftains coach Ben Cairns is warning his players to be prepared for opponents with a point to prove when Watsonians visit Malleny Park on BT Premiership duty tomorrow (kick off 3pm).
The Chieftains, who made an impressive start to the campaign with five tries in a victory at Hawick, have debutant Callum MacKintosh at hooker, and Glen Faulds at full back, while Ben Robbins moves to the wing.
“We were happy to get our season off to a winning start last week down at Mansfield Park. However, we are mindful that there are a number of areas to tighten up on,” said Cairns, who knows the visitors will be desperate to bounce back from a 54-22 opening-day loss at Melrose.
“Watsonians have gone through a lot of change over the off-season and we know that last week’s result was not a fair reflection of the quality they possess, both in their playing personnel and in their coaching staff.”
The visitors are bolstered by Edinburgh professionals Neil Cochrane, Glenn Bryce and Jamie Farndale, and coach Steve Lawrie expects that trio to have a big impact.
“It’s always tough on club players who drop out at the expense of pro players and it is not a decision that has been taken lightly. However, we want to fully support professional rugby and knowing the three pro players as I do, I am certain they will give their best.”
Sonians were one of only two teams to end the first weekend empty handed, the other being Marr, who will be looking to open their account when Heriot’s come calling.
Heriot’s coach Phil Smith is expecting a reaction from his squad after defeat by Stirling County.
“We have had a stronger week of prep than we did last week. The key now is to turn this into a longer performance on Saturday,” said Smith, who has handed the captaincy to Michael Liness.
Meanwhile, there is another tough assignment for Boroughmuir, who opened against champions Ayr and now face a trip to meet free-scoring Melrose.
Coach Peter Wright has lock Lewis Carmichael – formerly of Melrose – and scrum half Sean Kennedy on release from Edinburgh.
“Players and coaches were absolutely gutted last week in our defeat to Ayr,” he said. “Having defended so well at times, we let Ayr score too easily and it doesn’t get any easier against a Melrose team who were rampant last week.”