THERE is a very obvious incentive for the Southern Knights today when they visit Boroughmuir Bears. Claim any sort of win and – thanks to Watsonians’ defeat at home to Heriot’s on Friday night – they will return to the top of the Super6 table.
The team from Melrose find themselves in the unfamiliar position of third place this morning as a result of Ayrshire Bulls’ victory over Stirling County yesterday. They are just a point adrift of the Bulls, and merely three behind Watsonians, and will be favourites to get the result they need to leapfrog both those rivals. But head coach Rob Chrystie warned that his squad should take nothing for granted.
“Boroughmuir are an extremely dangerous opponent and when they get into multi-phase
play they have players that can punish you,” he said. “We know we will have to defend well and play with accuracy in what is sure to be an entertaining game this weekend.”
With Daniel Suddon and Patrick Anderson having been involved with Edinburgh this weekend, Sam Pecqueur returns to the Knights’ back division along with Kieran Clark. Meanwhile, Bears coach Graham Shiel has made one change to his pack, bringing in Rhys Tait
at openside for the unavailable Scott McGinley. In the backs both Robbie McCallum and Glen Faulds return to the starting line-up, with the former taking over from Duncan Munn, who is unavailable.
“Great to be back in training and preparing for Round 6 of the FOSROC Super6 competition,” Shiel said. “The second round of games provides another opportunity to measure ourselves against the best Scottish Rugby has to offer and the challenges just get harder and harder.
“We were very happy with our performance in the first round versus Southern Knights and disappointed that we were unable to take any points from our journey to the Borders, so Sunday provides another opportunity for this group to pull together and build a performance to challenge Southern Knights and for our home support to be proud of.”
Boroughmuir Bears (v Southern Knights at Meggetland, today [Sunday] 1.30pm): T Brown; G Faulds, R Kerr, R McCallum, J Edmunds; T Pittman, K Barreto; R Dunbar, C McKenzie, D Winning (co-captain), J Fisher, W Inglis, C Keddie (co-captain), R Tait, T Andrews. Substitutes: F Scott, G Cave, M McGinley, M Mncube, R Drummond, M Johnstone, K McGhie, M Cimprich.
Southern Knights: K Clark; I Sim, N Godsmark, A Mitchell, S Pecqueur; J Baggott, M McAndrew; G Shiells (captain), F Renwick, E McLaren, A Runciman, D Redpath, H Borthwick, R Knott, I Moody. Substitutes: R Anderson, S Gunn, C Crookshanks, J Head, A Ferrie, C Jones, C Scott, J Jenkins.