The visitors must take all five league points to clinch fourth place in the table and secure the final play-off spot. Failure to do so will see title holders Heriot’s progress to the knockout stages.
Cairns is again without his Scotland under-20 contingent who will be on international duty against their English counterparts at Northampton tomorrow evening. And, with Glasgow Warriors not releasing Ratu Tagive, Matt Hooks comes in at centre while Ruaraidh Smith starts on the wing. Ruaridh Young takes his place on the bench and is set to make his first appearance since suffering a long-term injury away to Boroughmuir last season.
Looking ahead to the match that will define Currie’s season, Cairns said, “We need to start well and build into the game. We want to take it by the scruff of the neck early but we are not chasing tries early doors. That’s the key. We build our scores and if points are on offer we take them.
“Then we will look at scenarios later on in the game if it comes down to that. For the team, it’s about performance, holding shape and playing the way we have played all season not chasing tries. If we do that, then the tries should follow.”
For ‘Muir there is nothing at stake but pride and the desire to bounce from last weekend’s agonising BT Cup exit and Cairns is conscious of a possible backlash. “I’m sure Boroughmuir will be hurting badly from the events of last weekend and will use this to fuel their performance”, he said. “Although on the face of it there is nothing to play for for them, we know they will want to put in a performance in their last home match.”
Home coach Peter Wright also has several players unavailable, so hands starting berths to Stuart Clark, Michael Henry and Ali McLeod, with youngster Oli Davidson among the subs.
“It gives an opportunity to some fringe players to take their chance,” said Wright. “We are looking to get over last week’s defeat and finish the season with a win at home against one of our Edinburgh neighbours.”