Edinburgh professionals set to face off at Currie

Blair Kinghorn, centre, battles with Munster's John Ryan. Picture: SNS
Blair Kinghorn, centre, battles with Munster's John Ryan. Picture: SNS
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Two of Edinburgh Rugby’s brightest talents are set to line up on opposing sides when Currie host Heriot’s in the BT Premiership tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).

The hosts list Blair Kinghorn at full back although the extent of the teenager’s involvement will depend on whether he is used by Edinburgh tonight. Jamie Ritchie, a player who may benefit from the departure of David Denton for Bath, is in the Heriot’s back row.

Currie coach Ben Cairns is desperate to fill a blank on his coaching CV, with the Goldenacre outfit the only side in the BT Premiership that Currie have not beaten since he took the reins, despite having played five times.

“They seem to be coming out of their bad patch with an excellent win over Boroughmuir last time out,” said Cairns. “However, we go into the game with confidence, having won our last three and really excited about being back at Malleny after back-to-back away matches.”

Heriot’s coach Phil Smith is also gearing up for a tough contest. “Last week’s win was needed as the players were needing to regain some confidence. The key now is to back it up,” he said. “However, Ben has got his Currie team, after a similar slump to ours, back on track with a couple of very good wins.

Boroughmuir face another tough test at home to leaders Ayr, but coach Bruce Aitchison knows that victory could fire his men up the table. “It is another opportunity to get things back on track – the league is again tight and a win could see us move up a couple of places,” he said.

BT National Division One pacesetters Watsonians face Kelso, while fifth-placed Edinburgh Accies host Howe of Fife whose four-match winning running has left them in second place. The Fifers’ recent victims have included Musselburgh, who will bid to halt a losing run of three matches against Peebles at Stoneyhill.

Stewart’s Melville take on Aberdeen Grammar at Inverleith.

Preston Lodge remain in the top four in Division Two and face Aberdeenshire, the side immediately below them. Lasswade managed to grind out a win last week and host Ardrossan Accies. Haddington could move closer to the promotion battle in Division Three if they beat Livingston at Neilson Park, while RHC Cougars are at home to Orkney.