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Evening Times - - RUGBY UNION -

SU­SAN EGELSTAFF

EURO­PEAN cham­pion, Bruce Mouat, is hop­ing to get 2020 off to the best pos­si­ble start, with a win in the Perth Masters, which begin to­day.

The 25-year-old skip and team­mates Grant Hardie, Bobby Lam­mie and Hammy McMil­lan are aim­ing to get this year off to a pos­i­tive start but with the strength of the op­po­si­tion, they will need to be at their very best in Perth if they are to claim the ti­tle.

Mouat will be up against for­mer world and Olympic cham­pion Brad Gushue from Canada, while an­other mul­ti­ple Grand Slam win­ning skip Mike McEwen, also from Canada, has also made the trip to com­pete in the 24-team men’s event.

Mouat has avoided both Cana­dian rinks in the pool stages and with Mouat and his rink not show­ing their best so far this sea­son, the 25-year-old is look­ing to put that right over the next few days.

“Hope­fully we can play well, de­fend our ti­tle and get back into our win­ning ways that we’ve had in our first two sea­sons to­gether, but have been strug­gling to get to in the first half of this sea­son.

“So, we’re very ex­cited to start com­pet­ing in the New Year,” the Ed­in­burgh man said.

“It is al­ways a great op­por­tu­nity to play in Perth ahead of the Scot­tish the fol­low­ing month. Hope­fully we’ll get to play some re­ally tough op­po­si­tion.”

Mouat will com­pete in Perth

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