With all of Edinburgh’s top-flight representatives away from home, the main rugby action in the Capital tomorrow will be at Myreside where Watsonians welcome BT National Division One leaders Marr, with top spot in the table at stake (kick-off 2.00pm).
Marr started the season with a bang, posting five successive wins to set the pace in the race for the single automatic promotion spot. However, they suffered a defeat two weeks ago and were pushed all the way by Edinburgh Accies last Saturday, allowing Sonians to draw level overall and trail the pacesetters on points difference.
Sonians have benefited from the presence of former pro David Blair, who underlined his value last week with a kicking haul of 24 points to help claim victory and the bonus point at GHA. His prowess off the tee is likely to be crucial tomorrow.
Meanwhile, in the BT Premiership, which reaches the halfway point, Currie make the trip to Gala. Currie coach Ben Cairns has Glasgow pros Kieran Low and Mike Cusack available and he is eyeing the clash as an opportunity to build on last week’s victory over Melrose.
“It was great to get back to winning ways after a few frustrating weeks. It’s now about backing that performance up against a Gala side who are starting to pick up some form. With the game being at Netherdale we know we are in for a huge challenge,” said Cairns.
Gala held Heriot’s to a draw last week and the Goldenacre men will need to be at their best to improve on that result when they travel to meet an improving Stirling County side that got the better of Boroughmuir last time out.
Heriot’s coach Phil Smith welcomes back Michael Liness, Russell Nimmo and Cammy Ferguson, and promotes Josh Laird and Gregor McNeish from the bench.
Smith has been concerned by recent performances and is challenging his men to step up a gear, saying:“Gala pushed us all the way last week which highlights the toughness of the league. Stirling are now hitting a bit of form and we know we will have to better our last week’s efforts if we are to maintain our position near the top of the league.”
Muir head west to play Glasgow Hawks. The Meggetland men beat Hawks home and away last season, each time by a single point, and another tight encounter is in prospect as both sides step up their bid for a top- four finish.
Muir have David Reekie at centre for the injured Greg Cannie, with Fin Field in the second row instead of Iain Moody, who covers for unavailable back rower Magnus Bradbury, and Sean Crombie and Craig Bachurzewski are back in the starting line up.
Elsewhere, Musselburgh and Edinburgh Accies will be keeping an eye on events at Myreside, knowing they can move closer to second spot in the Division One table by bouncing back from defeats last Saturday when they face Howe of Fife in Cupar and Aberdeen Grammar at Raeburn Place respectively.
With only two wins to their credit so far, Stewart’s Melville will be desperate to see off GHA at Inverleith and kick start their attempt to move away from the second bottom slot.
Preston Lodge can consolidate their place in the top half of Division Two by beating Whitecraigs at Pennypit, while Lasswade face another tough assignment away to in-form Falkirk. Haddington will be out to get their promotion bid back on track when they face Orkney on Division Three duty at Neilson Park, while RHC Cougars host Irvine and Livingston make the journey to Berwick.