Twins Ben and Alex Toolis could go head-to-head tomorrow when Edinburgh Accies finally tackle Heriot’s in the Scottish Rugby Premiership after three postponements.
The brothers were born in Australia but headed to Edinburgh Rugby on elite development contracts, keen to take advantage of Scottish eligibility through a mother from Carluke.
Since arriving they have been farmed out to the club scene and, while Alex starts for Accies, Ben is expected to come off the bench for Heriot’s, also at second row.
Last time out, Heriot’s were left at the post and fell 0-24 behind against a Hawks side who had the four-try bonus point inside 33 minutes and went on to win 38-31.
Heriot’s coach Phil Smith, aware the win is needed to try to consolidate third place, is determined there should be no repeat. “If we start better than we did against Hawks we will hopefully be in a better position at half time,” said Smith, who welcomes back Murray Douglas and Jason Hill from club international duty and a third forward, Craig Owenson, from injury.
A win would ensure Accies avoid being dragged into the second-bottom place-off spot and spare them a potential nail-biter against similarly threatened Stirling County next week.
Accies coach Jonny Else takes heart from the display when going down 21-11 at Ayr.
He said: “After an improved performance away to Ayr, the players are focused and determined.”
• Stewart’s/Melville prop Rhys Morgan has been suspended for five weeks after being cited for stamping during the club’s win over Kelso a fortnight ago. The ban is backdated to that fixture, but still means he will miss the decisive encounter at Watsonians next Saturday which will determine which club goes forward to the play-off against the second-bottom premiership team. Stewart’s/Melville have decided against an appeal.
• Edinburgh Rugby will return to Murrayfield for their Pro 12 home fixture against Ulster next Friday. Following the success of a switch to Meggetland to preserve the Murrayfield pitch for international action, there was speculation the move could be made permanent until the end of the season.