Currie plot a survival Ayr raid

Currie's Mark Cairns
Currie's Mark Cairns
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CURRIE will tomorrow attempt to take another step down the Premiership rugby survival trail by repeating last year’s Malleny Park win over reigning champions Ayr.

Ayr are again setting the pace, but Currie beat Stirling County 27-10 last time out.

That has cut the gap to four points between them and Stirling, who have a game in hand.

But a Cup win last weekend over Biggar added to Currie’s momentum and Edinburgh pros Tom Brown and Stuart McInally are again available.

Currie are without captain and back row Mark Cairns with a hamstring strain, but replacement Karl Main is highly rated.

For Ayr, Glasgow pros Ryan Wilson and James Eddie are expected to be available.

At Goldenacre, a home win over Stirling County coupled with defeats for Ayr, Gala and Melrose could see Heriot’s vault to the top in a situation that emphasises just how tight the title struggle has become.

Colin Goudie and Cammy Ferguson return for Heriot’s after making debuts for the Barbarians against Combined Services in Plymouth on Tuesday and called up to the squad are prop Gavin Cameron and utility back OJ Brown, who start on the bench.

Heriot’s coach Phil Smith noted how Stirling roused themselves to take a losing bonus point from Gala last week and says that should act against complacency. “Any team that can take Gala to the wire have to be feared,” said Smith.

Edinburgh Accies face an awkward trip to Hawick hoping to reverse a home loss earlier in the season.

In the National League, Boroughmuir head to Dundee with Alex Cox fit to resume at centre.

At full back Robert Cairns is preferred to Craig Marshall.

Two defeats in their last three matches has seen Watsonians slip to third and they head for Biggar with Martin Christie, Matt Brierley, James Forrester, Mark Rennie, Niall Dennis, Neil Irvine-Hess, Chris Scott and Chris Abram are all available again.

Second place Stewart’s/Melville, with Nick Hart back at hooker, have much to prove when they visit Peebles, the only team to shut them out this season.

Musselburgh will be hoping for a record representation when the Edinburgh under-18 squad is finalised this weekend. The Stoneyhill outfit currently have nine players in an extended group – to Sam McKenzie, Lewis Freeman, Fraser McMillan, Jason Gray, Michael Morrison, Andrew Manson, Ally Millar, Hamish Robertson and Luke Taylor.