Sarah Beaney Cup preview: table-toppers Hillhead-Jordanhill head to Corstorphine

Garioch or Cartha Queens Park hunt their first league points of the season in Kellands Park clash

Garioch versus Hillhead Jordanhill earlier in this campaign. Image: Gareth Falls.
Garioch versus Hillhead Jordanhill earlier in this campaign. Image: Gareth Falls.

THREE Sarah Beaney Cup group phase matches are on the menu Saturday with table-toppers Hillhead Jordanhill looking to make it five wins from five. The Hughenden outfit, who have picked bonus points in all four wins so far, are on the road to Corstorphine Cougars.

“As a group we’re really excited about the opportunity to play Cougars on Saturday,” Hillhead Jordanhill head coach Stephen Gillies said. “Both games between us this season so far [in the league] have been close and we know the many talents Cougars bring to every game.

“Preparations have been going well and we’re proud of our performances so far in the competition. But our focus is very much on the now. We’ve taken it one game at a time so far and nothing changes this week. It’s another exciting opportunity to test ourselves through in the capital.”

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Corstorphine are fourth after their loss to Stirling last Sunday and their head coach Eric Jones said:  “We’ll be looking for a much-improved performance this weekend after last weekend’s rearranged game.

“We gave Stirling the ball far too easily, but when we did retain possession we put them under pressure, so we’ve been really clear in training about the areas we need to tighten up on.

“We once again have a six-day turnaround from a Sunday game into a Saturday game so we’ve managed the contact elements at training this week due to the incredible amount of tackles our players were involved in last weekend.

“Hopefully that won’t play too much of an influence in the game, however, we are aware of the impact it can have when you play an opposition that have been rested a week longer than you and they are going after a Cup victory as this happened to us in the Cup semi-final into the final last season.

“We won’t be underestimating Hills who are coming through the Cup campaign pretty strongly, but we also know that there is an outside chance that we can still qualify for the final so our players will have a job to do.”

After that bonus point win at Corstorphine, third placed Stirling County host fifth placed Heriot’s Blues.

“We are looking forward to welcoming Heriot’s to Bridgehaugh on Saturday in what for us is another ‘must win’ game,” County head coach Mark Ainsworth said. “I admire Heriot’s attacking style of play which always results in entertaining and high scoring contests between the two teams.

“We have several players with bumps and bruises from last week’s tough encounter at Cougars and are happy to have Hev Davis back in the squad.”

Heriot’s last played on March 10th and they will hope that rested bodies can challenge County.

Head coach Craig Robertson said:  “‘Our squad has a good week preparing for the match against Stirling.

“We are in good spirits and have worked really hard to ensure the clarity we strive to achieve is displayed in the match.”

Garioch, in sixth, and Cartha Queens Park, in seventh, have not won a game in the Cup yet this year and they meet at Kellands Park.

Dave Duguid, the Garioch head coach, said:  “It is our last home game of the season, so we are looking sign off at Kellands with a good performance.

“Cartha travelled light last time they came up so we know it’s going to be a different game this time. Cartha have put in some good performances in the Cup, but I feel we have improved as well so it will be a good game.

“We are still missing a couple of the Celtic Challenge girls, but will manage to get a full 22 out this week which is promising.”

And Cartha head coach Ally Hunter said:  “We are looking forward to the trip to Garioch on Saturday with a full matchday squad.

“Recent contests between the two sides have been competitive. We have had a good couple of weeks training and are looking to round out the Cup campaign strongly and set ourselves a marker for next season.”

All three matches are at 2pm.

The last round of pool play is on Saturday, April 6th. After that the top two will play in the final on April 27th at Murrayfield.

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  1. Sadly the SRU failed to provide officials for the Stirling County vs Heriot’s Blues game.
    On the first day of Women’s 6 Nations one of the top games of women’s rugby was prevented from being played by gross ineptitude by the organising union.
    Bet it wouldn’t happen for the men.

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