Currie gearing up for tough test against Hawick

Currie head coach Ben Cairns
Currie head coach Ben Cairns
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Currie coach Ben Cairns is gearing up for a tough test tomorrow when Hawick visit Malleny Park in a match that will go a long way to deciding whether the hosts can secure a play-off spot for a second successive season (kick-off 3pm).

Cairns names an unchanged forward pack and recalls Cammy Gray on the wing in place of Glasgow pro Rory Hughes who has not been released for the clash. The Borderer lost to Heriot’s last week but are still eying a finish in the top four.

“Hawick are definitely in form at present and although they would have been disappointed with last weekend’s result, they will take confidence from the fact they dominated large parts of the game versus the reigning champions,” said Cairns. “We know we face a huge physical challenge if we are to take anything away from the match.”

Boroughmuir, buoyed by last week’s stunning win over Melrose, travel to face strugglers Selkirk. Muir have Edinburgh Rugby’s Andries Strauss at centre alongside Dougie Steele who switches places with David Reekie – the latter occupying the stand-off berth.

Heriot’s have struck a rich vein of form and will be looking to take a step closer to clinching their spot in the leading quartet by seeing off Glasgow Hawks at Goldenacre (kick-off 2pm). The champions have Roan Van Heerden and Liam Steele back in place of the unavailable Russell Nimmo and Charlie Simpson.

The destiny of Watsonians is firmly in their own hands as the Myreside men march towards the BT National Division One title. Sonians welcome Edinburgh Accies, whose loss against Musselburgh last week means there is no margin for error if they are to retain an interest in the promotion race.

Musselburgh could cause a further shake up in the table if they can get the better of second-placed Marr at Stoneyhill. Only once this season have Stewart’s Melville managed wins on two successive Saturdays and that will be the target against Peebles at Inverleith after last week’s victory over Howe of Fife.

Preston Lodge will be looking to bounce back from defeat when they host Ardrossan Accies in Division Two, and Lasswade need to garner a win over strugglers Greenock Wanderers to move up the table.

Third-placed Haddington can boost their bid for promotion from Division Three at home to Dumfries Saints, while RHC Cougars welcome West of Scotland, and Livingston travel to Irvine.