PREMIER A British & Irish Cup places focus minds at Ayr, Gala and Currie
Ayr v Gala
There is a notion that Scotland could have a fourth place in next season’s British & Irish Cup but Gala, presently third, aim to round off a fantastic return to the top division by securing that place with a win in their final league game today. Ayr are not out of it, though, and can earn a place again with wins in their two remaining league games.
Both sides also have next weekend’s RBS Cup semi-finals to prepare for and today’s meeting has a cup final feel to it. Ayr go into it on the back of a splendid six-try win at Currie and Murray makes only two starting changes. Gordon Reid is retained by Glasgow so Denford Mutamangira starts at loosehead prop while Richard Dalgleish replaces Cammy Taylor on the wing. Murray Mcconnell, the under-20 international scrum half is on the bench.
Gala impressed in their border derby win over Melrose at Netherdale but George Graham, their coach, makes two changes: Bryce Turner comes in at centre for Gregor Hunter and lock David Marshall replaces Chris Weir. Prediction home advantage decisive
Dundee HSFP v Currie
Dundee have assured themselves of one of the British & Irish Cup places next season and have two games left to vie for the title with Melrose. Currie, experienced B&I Cup competitors, play their final game today and have their last chance to make the top three, though they are dependent on Gala losing.
Dundee’s unbeaten home record stretches back to February 2011 and Ian Rankin, the coach, has a fully-fit squad. Thje only one change to the side that won at Boroughmuir involves Andy Mclean playing on the wing and Alan Hay moving to the bench.
Ally Donaldson, the Currie coach,