Knights set to take Bulls by the horns

Evening Times - - SPORT -

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.

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