Club Preview: Meyer On Life At Selkirk

ImageBen Meyer says he enjoyed his first taste of Scottish Hydro Electric Premier One action with Selkirk last week and he is hoping to play his part in ensuring the Borderers get back to winning ways against Ryan Grant's Stirling County.

Kiwi scrum half Meyer, who captained Edinburgh against Ospreys last season, came on as a replacement last weekend against West of Scotland and scored a try.

But he was powerless to prevent Selkirk, who also fielded hooker Sean Crombie, from losing to West. Nevertheless he is aiming to lead by an example against Stirling, who will also field Roland Reid, at Bridgehaugh on Saturday (kick off 3pm).

Meyer said: 'sean Crombie and I went down to Selkirk on Thursday night " it is quite a bit colder down there.

'they are a good bunch of boys. You know when you are in a good place when 20 minutes in they are taking the mick out of you.

"I met John Rutherford. He came up and introduced himself and he was a star in his playing days. He showed me around the place and I met quite a few of the club officials.

'there is a bit of history down there and we were warmly welcomed and we got stuck into training.

'the game was a disappointment for everybody. We didn't start well and in the first half we were down by three tries.

'some of the key guys were having off days and that was disappointing because Selkirk have obviously played good rugby to have won five out of seven games.

"I was looking to get a run. The thinking was for that to happen at scrum half, but if there was a shortage of loose forwards I could slot in there.

'so I went on with 20 minutes to go and got stuck in which was good.

'the standard of rugby was competitive and the physicality of the game was on a par with club rugby back home in New Zealand."

Powerhouse prop Grant was voted man of the match by County last week and the Scotland A internationalist also scored a try.

Scotland Sevens internationalists Andrew Turnbull and Andrew Easson will again line up in the Black and Amber of Currie against in-form Heriot's.

The Nails are one of the form teams in the division at present and they welcome back talismanic wing Marc Teague after his lengthy lay-off with a back injury.

The Scotland Club internationalist has only played in one Premier One match all season, when he scored a try, and he is likely to slot back into the back-three alongside Jim Thompson.

Lining up in Boroughmuir's front five will be ex-Watsonian Steve Lawrie and former Heriot's" flanker Fraser McKenzie as the champions look to regain some momentum against West at Meggetland.

Meanwhile Bruce "Bonus Point" McNeil and Calum MacRae are available for Hawick in the huge derby match against Melrose.

Remember Edinburgh Rugby Club actively promotes and supports all the rugby clubs in and around the east of Scotland, so if you are clamouring for a fix of live rugby action why not pay a visit to your local Premier One club and cheer on the lads.

Boroughmuir v West of Scotland, 15:00
Currie v Heriots Rugby Club, 15:00
Edinburgh Acads v Ayr, 15:00
Glasgow Hawks v Watsonians, 15:00
Melrose v Hawick, 15:00
Stirling County v Selkirk, 15:00