Knights set to take Bulls by the horns
SOUTHERN KNIGHTS, the Super6 franchise operating out of Melrose, will aim to build on last weekend’s last-gasp draw at Stirling County in order to pick up their first win when they host Ayrshire Bulls at The Greenyards tonight (5.30pm).
“The Ayrshire Bulls had a good win last weekend and will be in confident mood,” said head coach Rob Chrystie. “They have experience across their squad and are sure to try and impose themselves early on. We know this is going to be a hugely physical test that will require a huge amount of effort and are looking forward to the challenge.”
Bulls head coach Peter Murchie was encouraged by his team’s performance when picking up their maiden win against Boroughmuir Bears last weekend but, like Chrystie, he believes further improvements are required.
“We know we can still deliver much more, we need to show the same if not more effort and also be more accurate in certain areas of the game to pick up the win,” he said.
Murchie has added some Argentinean beef to the pack in the shape of tight-head prop Nicolas Griffiths (who arrived at Millbrae via a stint in Spain).
Current table-toppers Watsonians put their unbeaten record on the line when they host second-placed Stirling County at Myreside tomorrow. They are boosted by the availability of Fijian 7s internationalist Mesu Kunavula, who has been released for the game by Edinburgh.
“We’ve had a solid start, but we are under no illusions that Stirling will be a big challenge for us, having made a strong start to the competition themselves,” said Watsonians head coach Fergus Pringle. “They were unlucky not to get the result against the Knights and I’m sure they will be fired up to come to make amends.”
In the Premiership, top-ofthe-table Marr host a Jed-Forest side who have struggled with consistency, but head coach Craig Redpath says his team know not to underestimate the threat posed by the Borderers.
“Jed will be disappointed with the result last week against Hawick and this will make them more determined to perform well and return to winning ways against Marr,” he said.