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very deep to sneak past Gala. In the Borders in early sea­son, it was Gala’s day by 16-9 with the nor­mally high­scor­ing Dundee team fail­ing to reg­is­ter a try.

Ian Rankin, the Dundee coach, said: “Both sides will be des­per­ate to reach the final. Our chal­lenge will be to match our per­for­mance last week in beat­ing Cur­rie. Many fol­low­ers said it was the best High per­for­mance for many years; the same in­ten­sity and ac­cu­racy will be re­quired for a full 80 min­utes if we are to top­ple Gala.”

Rankin makes one per­son­nel change: Rob­bie Lavery, who was such an in­flu­ence in the first half of the sea­son, has now fully re­cov­ered from the wrist in­jury which has kept him on the side­lines for the last six weeks and re­turns at cen­tre, mov­ing Jack Steele to the wing and Ross Lemon to the bench. Oth­er­wise the side has a very set­tled look.

Gala coach Ge­orge Gra­ham has been forced into two changes from the side that won so well at Ayr. Both are in the pack, where at hooker Craig Ked­die comes in for the in­jured Rus­sell An­der­son and Chris Weir, who scored the only try in that home win, is at lock.

Gra­ham com­mented: “Hav­ing beaten Mel­rose and Ayr in the last cou­ple of weeks, it goes with­out say­ing that we look for­ward to this, the big­gest game of our sea­son. The last en­counter be­tween these two clubs was very close, so let’s hope we can give our bus-loads of trav­el­ling sup­port­ers some­thing to cheer about.”

To­day’s fans can ben­e­fit from a ticket of­fer for all spec­ta­tors of half price en­try to Dundee’s po­ten­tially ti­tle de­cid­ing final league game of this sea­son. Pay­ing sup­port­ers get dis­counted en­try to the game against Stir­ling at May­field on May 7. Pre­dic­tion Dundee dream alive RBS Na­tional Cup. Semi-fi­nals Dundee HSFP v Gala, Ayr v Bor­ough­muir RBS Na­tional Shield. Semi-fi­nals Haw­ick YM v Mus­sel­burgh, Kil­marnock v Dunfermline RBS Na­tional Bowl. Semi-fi­nals Grange­mouth v He­lens­burgh, Dun­bar v Haw­ick Quins RBS Premier B Jed-for­est v Glas­gow Hawks RBS Premier C Selkirk v Falkirk RBS Premier 3 Greenock Wand v Kirk­caldy, Dum­fries v Hadding­ton, Dalziel v Cartha Queen’s Park, Mor­gan Acad v Howe of Fife RBS Na­tional 1 Mur­ray­field Wands v El­lon, Lin­lith­gow v Garnock RBS Cale­do­nia 1 Aberdeen Uni v Mackie Acad FP, Strath­more v Orkney, Hill­foots v Glen­rothes Gor­do­nians v High­land

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