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Stephen Borth­wick, the Kin­gussie as­sis­tant man­ager, has tipped the club to rally af­ter a mis­er­able start as they be­gin their de­fence of the Mactav­ish Cup to­day, writes Ken­neth Stephen.

The hold­ers face Kin­lochshiel away from home in what could be a thorny tie for the Bade­noch oufit. Kings have won only one match in four so far and are hov­er­ing around the rel­e­ga­tion spots.

It is a far cry from two decades of dom­i­nance and lift­ing the Scot­tish Hy­dro Ca­manachd Cup final for the last two sea­sons. How­ever, Borth­wick be­lieves the con­fi­dence boost of a good vic­tory is all that is needed for his side to re­turn to their true form.

“We can’t go from a team good enough to win the Ca­manachd Cup for two years to rel­e­ga­tion can­di­dates, which is what it is look­ing like at the mo­ment,” Borth­wick said. “We feel we are go­ing to turn it round but be­cause we have not been scor­ing the team are nervy and you can see the loss of con­fi­dence.”

One thing which should rally Kin­gussie is the im­mi­nent re­turn Ron­ald Ross. He has missed the start of the cam­paign but has re­turned to train­ing and may make an ap­pear­ance to­day in a vi­tal match for both clubs.

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