It’s been an extremely exciting season in RBS Premier 1 and Premier A this year and it comes down to the very last weekend for all to see who will lift the highest accolade in Scottish club rugby.
One of two teams can be crowned champions, either the 2010/11 champions, Melrose, or Dundee HSFP, who are in with a chance of winning the title for the first time ever.
Other possible trophy presentations this weekend are in RBS Premier 3 and RBS East Regional Division 3.
Melrose and Boroughmuir open the weekend at Meggetland tonight, kick-off 7.30pm, for a full match preview click here.
If Melrose don’t win with a bonus point this evening attention will move to Mayfield where Dundee HSFP take on Stirling County at 3pm on Saturday and the various connotations are as such:
If Melrose do not secure the league title the focus will switch to Dundee HSFP's match against Stirling County at Mayfield tomorrow at 3pm, where, if Dundee HSFP gain two more league points than Melrose achieved the previous night, they will be RBS Premier 1 Champions. Should Dundee HSFP gain one more point than Melrose achieved the previous night then the two teams will be level on league points, and points difference will determine the league champions. Currently Melrose have a points difference of +127 and Dundee HSFP +85. Should the teams finish level on points difference then the next criterion would be the aggregate score in the league matches between the tied teams - and Dundee HSFP hold the advantage there, having beaten Melrose on both occasions this season.
Dundee HSFP head coach, Ian Rankin, said: “We are still hurting from our semi-final defeat in the RBS Cup last weekend, but the reaction from the players this week has been excellent, even during a blizzard at Tuesday’s session.
“Our week is being based around Boroughmuir winning and the need for a victory against Stirling to secure our first ever league title.
“Coach Graeme Young has turned Stirling into a very well drilled outfit who play a good brand of rugby and we have only been separated by one point in both of our last two games.
“Having played in front of the biggest crowd seen at a club game north of the Forth for many years last weekend we look forward to more of the same in the final game of the season.
This match will certainly be an entertaining one with a lot of passion involved; both teams have gone from strength to strength in RBS Premier A, having lost only one and two games respectively out of six.
Stirling County head coach, Graeme Young, said: “The end of the season draws near and both sides have a lot to play for. Both have played attractive rugby across this season and I’m sure we will both be throwing everything we have into this final game.
“We hope this will be a great advertisement for Scottish club rugby at the pinnacle of the season.”
Dundee HSFP team: Cam Wyper; Andy McLean, Harry Duthie, Robbie Lavery, Jack Steele; Cam Brown, Andy Dymock; Neil Dymock (captain), Simon Forrest, Alan Brown, Andy Linton, Richie Hawkins, Chris Cumming, Richie McIver, Danny Levison.
Replacements: Darrel Russel, Gavin Robertson, Andy Redmayne, Jamie Morrison, Ross Lemon.
Stirling County team: Ben Addison; Graham Lindsay, Danny Gilmour, Brian Archibald, Mike Donegan; Stuart Edwards, Dave Maw; Jamie Bhatti, Alex Moffat (captain), Garry Mountford, Craig Deacons, Rob McAlpine, Steve Swindall, Tim Clarke, Bengy Bersanti.
Replacements: Matt Lamb, Stevie Raby, John Graham, Adam Ashe, Robbie Boswell.
Elsewhere Ayr and Aberdeen Grammar conclude their season’s campaign at Millbrae this Saturday with a 3pm kick-off.
Ayr head coach, Kenny Murray, said: “After last week’s success against Boroughmuir the boys are on a high and are looking forward to the RBS Cup Final at Murrayfield later this month.
“This week’s game against Aberdeen is an important part of our preparation and we will be looking to build on last week’s performance.
“Our earlier game against Aberdeen was a tight affair and they have had some close games over the past few weeks.”
Aberdeen Grammar head coach, Alex Duncan, said: “Going into our final game of the season and having scored ten tries in our last two outings but failing to find the match winning element provides plenty of incentive for the squad.
“Ayr will be disappointed to not be in the British and Irish Cup placings for next year but will be delighted to be Cup finalists.”
Ayr team: Grant Anderson; Cammy Taylor, Ross Curle, Mark Stewart, Steven Manning; Robbie Fergusson, AJ McFarlane; Denford Mutamangira, Andy McFarlane, Andy Kelly, Scott Sutherland, Blair McPherson, Graham Fisken, Rob Colhoun, Andy Dunlop.
Replacements: Hayden Wisnewski, Gordon Sykes, John Willis, Ross Doneghan, Slyvain Diez.
Aberdeen Grammar team: Steven Aitken; Erlend Oag, Will Wardlaw, Fraser Lyle, Grant Walker; Rob Aloe, Rob Lawson; Nicki Fraser, Sam Bingham, Richard Allen, Stuart Smith, Murray Douglas (captain, Laurie Seydak, Tony McGuiness, Greig Ryan
Replacements: Graeme Carson, Matt Dixon, Sandy Warnock, Morgan Ward, Sam Knudson