The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

A re­peat per­for­mance High­land must show true grit to seal the title

- BY ANDY SKIN­NER

sea­son so far and it has shown in our run so far.

“Play­ing a team in a higher league in the fi­nal is ob­vi­ously go­ing to be a chal­lenge, but I’m sure it’s go­ing to be one we’ll rise to. The fact we’re such a small town means we’re a real fam­ily as a club – we play re­ally well with each other and we’re a re­ally tight-knit unit.

“Our men’s team played at Mur­ray­field five years ago and won, so that’s been a real mo­ti­va­tion for us.

“It would mean so much to us if we were to win. It would re­ally top off what’s been a great sea­son for us.”

The Women’s Bowl fi­nal takes places on the back pitches at Mur­ray­field at 11am to­mor­row. High­land head coach Davie Car­son is con­fi­dent his team will hold its nerve to clinch the Na­tional 3 title with a vic­tory over St Boswells to­mor­row.

The In­ver­ness side goes into the Canal Park show­down a point be­hind league lead­ers Glas­gow Aca­dem­i­cals, who have played all of their games, mean­ing a vic­tory of any sort will se­cure the cham­pi­onship and pro­mo­tion to Na­tional 2 for Car­son’s men.

To­mor­row’s op­po­nents have beaten High­land twice in the Bor­ders this sea­son, in­flict­ing their last league de­feat in Oc­to­ber prior to a Na­tional League Cup tri­umph af­ter ex­tra-time in Fe­bru­ary.

Car­son, who has doubts over the fit­ness of Sean Blair and Steven Rut­ledge, is con­fi­dent his side can take the de­ci­sive step in front of a packed home crowd.

He said: “It’s the fi­nal push of a long year.

“The guys know how im­por­tant this game is and ev­ery­one is ex­cited, al­beit with a touch of ner­vous­ness as well.

“What has pleased me most com­ing into this one is that in all the big games we’ve had we have thrived on it – we have played the best rugby this sea­son in those games.

“We won’t dwell on our two de­feats against St Boswells too much, we know we can play our brand of rugby on our pitch, which we can­not on theirs.

“All the big games we have had have been pretty im­por­tant as we have pro­gressed as a club. We have taken each stage as it has come and now we have the chance to get up to a pretty good level which the club has not been at for a long time.”

High­land hooker Kevin Brown, who joined from Caith­ness in 2003, says the club’s suc­cess has been many years in the mak­ing.

“This is def­i­nitely the best team the club has had in the time I have played here,” he said. “The stan­dard is high and there is a good buzz about the club just now.

“It all comes down to Satur­day and hope­fully we can cre­ate his­tory for the club.”

 ??  ?? tain of Gar­i­och, with the Women’s Bowl they will com­pete for at Mur­ray­field to­mor­row
tain of Gar­i­och, with the Women’s Bowl they will com­pete for at Mur­ray­field to­mor­row

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