Stewart’s Melville have been warned to beware the line-out expertise of Watsonian Mark Rennie ahead of Saturday’s winner-takes-all showdown at Myreside.
Both teams are in contention for the National League play-off spot against the second-bottom team in the Premiership and after 13 league games unbeaten Stew/Mel will be slight favourites.
However, Stew/Mel president Gav Calder says: “The scrum has developed into a formidable weapon but the Myreside faithful will be pinning hopes on Mark Rennie to achieve an advantage on the touchline. Many of the Watsonian plays in our last match came from driven lineouts.”
Stew/Mel scraped home by a point in the previous meeting and Calder says: “In the three-quarters for Watsonians, McKean (if fit) and Ferguson are a real threat, along with Steele in attack.
“For Stew/Mel, Matt Morrell, Alan Whittingham and Mike Hanning – now a very accomplished player – offer plenty of options for Nick McCashin.
“The old cliché about derby matches and the form book going out the window will hold true.”