There could be huge consequences looming for two of the sides involved in this week’s RBS Premiership.
Both Edinburgh Accies and Glasgow Hawks still face the possibility of finishing the season in ninth place and the relegation play-off spot.
The former, welcome capital rivals Heriot’s, to Raeburn Place (12.30pm), for a clash that could potentially play a large part in their Premiership destiny for next season. Edinburgh Accies, currently occupy seventh place in the table, however, only sit two league points above the drop-zone.
Edinburgh Accies head coach Johnny Else, said: “After an improved performance away to Ayr, the players are focused and determined heading into this weekend’s tie.
“Heriots have been on a good run recently and although Hawks beat them in their last outing, the game could have gone either way.
“We must be accurate in both attack and defence from the offset if we are to compete in what is a hugely important match for us.”
Ayr will welcome Glasgow Hawks to Millbrae on Friday night (7.30pm), and will be looking to avenge their RBS Cup defeat to their visitors in February, which saw them exit the competition at the quarter-final stage, putting an end to any hopes of a title defence.
Glasgow Hawks, will also be desperate for league points as there is still the potential for them to be in the drop-zone come the end of regular league fixtures.
Glasgow Hawks head coach Jamie Dempsey, said:
“We respect Ayr and they are a quality team. They have been bolstered with a strong cohort of professional players this week which adds to our challenge.
“These are always good games played with a fierce level of competitive rivalry which will be exciting for all who come down on their Friday night to watch the game.”
Ayr v Glasgow Hawks, Millbrae, Friday 14 March, 7.30pm
Ayr team: Grant Anderson (captain); Robbie Fergusson, Mark Bennett, Dean Kelbrick, Kerr Gossman; Finn Russell, Murray McConnell; Denford Mutamangira, Dougie Hall, Stuart Fenwick, Al Kellock, Scott Sutherland, Callum Templeton, Andrew Dunlop and Peter McCallum.
Replacements: Fergus Scott, Gordon Sykes, Craig Brown, Peter Jericevich and Ross Curle.
Glasgow Hawks team: Andy White; Robbie Houliston, Tom Steven, Ally MacLay, Haddon McPherson; Mike Martin, Paddy Boyer; Steven Findlay, Jack McFarlane, Brendan Cullinane, Andy Linton (captain), Angus Hamilton, Andy Redmayne, Chris Fusaro and Craig Brodie.
Replacements: Finlay Gillies, Chris Barnes, Mateusz Bartoszek, Andy Kirkland and Dan Smart.
Referee: Graeme Wells
Edinburgh Accies v Heriot’s, Raeburn Place, Saturday 15 March, 12.30pm
Edinburgh Accies team: Jamie Sole; Nyle Godsmark, Ewen Campbell, Iain Berthinussen, Jack Marples; Alex Blair, Mike Campbell; Duncan Morrison, Aleki Latui, Alex Allan, Alex Toolis, Jamie McCarthy, Robin Snape, Hamish Watson and Greg Campbell (captain).
Replacements: Michael Liness, David Bates, Ronan Seydak, Ruairidh Bonner and Neil Armstrong.
Heriot’s team: Keith Buchan; Liam Steele, Cameron Ferguson, Rory Carmichael, Colin Goudie; OJ Brown, Graham Wilson; Nathan Borel, Kevin Bryce, Gavin Cameron, Russell Nimmo, Murray Douglas, Jack Turley (captain), Chris Mulligan and Jason Hill.
Replacements: Craig Owenson, Stewart Mustard, Ben Toolis, Jack Maclean and Max Nimmo.
Referee: Mike Adamson