Thursday 1 November 2018

Match Preview Prem10: Ayr v Accies

Saturday 3 November
1st XV v Ayr, Millbrae, 15:00
There is no doubt that we go to Millbrae very much the underdogs, still to secure a win and now suffering from injuries. Ayr have lost just one game so far this season and currently sit four points clear at the top of the league. However, their lost game was last Saturday, when Watsonians caused an upset at Millbrae, proving there are chinks in Ayr's armour. With pros likely to be in short supply due to the international, we have nothing to lose in trying to be the giantslayers.

Coach's Comments
"Injuries are beginning to take their toll and thinning the squad. Martin McGinley moves to loosehead meaning Cole Imrie starts at tighthead. Jack Mann returns to the starting line-up after impressing from the bench last week. Neil Armstrong luckily returns to replace the now injured George Spencer, with Richard Mill retained at 12.

"The lack of clarity from the SRU on promotion/relegation means we need to take control of the necessary adjustments to our preparation towards the end of the season. This will allow whatever unfolds from the club consultation and Scottish Rugby's approach to the integration of Agenda 3 to have little more effect on us than it already has in terms of how we planned for and approached this season.

"Given that, we are going to Ayr pretty focussed on what we want out of the game, with an opportunity to evidence progress from the last time we played them in the first game of the season. I know Peter will be expecting a reaction to their loss last week against Watsonians and this will mean we will need to meet fire with fire throughout if we are to come away with valuable league points."

1st XV v Ayr

2nd XV v Stew Mel, Inverleith, 14:00
The 2nd XV will be looking to bounce back following last week's loss to Currie at Malleny Park. They will go to Inverleith to face Stew Mel, determined to secure a victory and retain their position at the top of the league. However, third-placed Stew Mel will no doubt have something to say about that and we certainly have a very young team. Our front row are 18, 19 and 18 respectively, which may be the youngest ever Accies' front row, plus we have two 17-year-olds in the squad. We wish them luck and hope youth triumphs.

The 3rd XV does not have a fixture this week.

Onwards & upwards!



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