In the words of one of Ayrshire’s finest, “The best laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley” and Dundee will be hoping there’s some truth in Robert Burns’ words, at least regarding the plans of this weekend’s visitors, Ayr.
Ayr will bring power and pace to Mayfield and are likely to be met with the same from a Dundee side that is gaining experience and confidence with each game in P1. Recent history between the clubs suggests this could be a close tussle with Dundee marginally ahead in the bragging rights claiming a win and a draw in the last two meetings between the clubs.
Back at the helm after missing Saturday’s win at West, Director of Rugby, Ian Rankin said, “After a good run of results we start October with the biggest challenge of playing the current league leaders and champions Ayr with our confidence high. I have been pleased with the way a number of players have come into the squad and have fitted in so well and contributed so much to our recent run of results.“
Looking forward to the test Ayr will provide, Ranks highlighted the return of two recent absentees: “Chris Cumming and Matt Smith are both available for selection after being unavailable over the last few weeks and with the seconds having a good win against West last Saturday I am looking forward to a high level of intensity at training again this week in preparation for a game that will give a measure of where we are in our return to the top table.”
Giving an insight into previous weeks’ tactics, assistant coach Shannon Wilson revealed one way the Dundee coaching team will bring their skills to bear against Ayr. “Ranks and I will have a good look at how Ayr have been playing and hopefully find a few areas we can exploit. We’ve got nothing to lose and if we throw everything at them and the boys can recreate last week’s form, we can push Ayr all the way.”
Two weeks ago at Edinburgh Accies, Ayr demonstrated part of the reason they’re top of the league: an ability to salvage a win when looking out on their feet. Dundee are aiming to go one better and deliver a knock-out blow to Ayr’s plans to extend their season’s unbeaten run at Mayfield.
Dundee High v Ayr kicks off at 3.00pm.
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