Friday 23 November 2018

Match Preview Cup R1: Heriot's v Accies

Saturday 24 November, Scottish Cup R1
1st XV v Heriot's, Goldenacre, 12:30
A break from the league this weekend for the opening round of the Scottish Cup, which, just like last season, sees us take on our nearest rivals, Heriot's. This time, however, we are away at Goldenacre and Heriot's will be determined to avoid a repeat of their early exit from the competition at our hands last year. Based on the result of our league match against them, they may think their progression is secured, but we will go in fighting hard and determined to make a better showing than we did in September.

NB 12:30 kick-off due to the Scotland v Argentina match at 14:30.

Coach's Comments
"Cup rugby gives us a chance to experiment more with selection in advance of a pretty tough block of league games before Christmas. Duncan Morrison starts at loosehead, with Michael Badenhorst slotting back to 6. Jack Mann moves across to No 8 in place of Ruari Campbell, who takes his place on the bench. Mark Sinclair earns a start at 9, replacing the injured Max Love, and Vincent Hart slots in to replace the unavailable Harry Paterson, who impressed as a 17-year-old on his debut last week.

"We are now much more comfortable with where we are as a squad and that is reflected in the style of rugby we are playing at the moment. Although it is not winning us games yet, it is creating opportunities for our young players to develop and showcase their attacking skill set against some unforgiving defences. We hope to see more of the same on Saturday against Heriot’s at Goldenacre, in what I believe will be less of a one-sided affair than before."

1st XV v Heriot's, Scottish Cup R1

There are no fixtures for the 2s or 3s this week.

Onwards & upwards!


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