BT Premiership PREVIEW | Stirling County boosted by star power as they head to Hawks

Glasgow Hawks host Stirling County at Burnbrae this Saturday (21 October, kick off 3pm) as both sides look to capitalise on try scoring form.

After recording 11 try bonus points between them in their campaigns so far, fans will be expecting another display of attacking rugby as both teams target top four spots.

County’s quest for a points boost to accompany their scoring prowess will be buoyed by some impressive releases from Glasgow Warriors.

Head Coach of Stirling County, Peter Jericevich, said: “The most notable selection this week is the release of Fijian international Niko Matawalu who will undoubtedly entertain the Burnbrae crowd on Saturday and, up front, Lewis Wynne is once again released.”

The visitors will be looking to build on the positives of last week’s loss to second place Currie Chieftains, which saw them return home with two points and another four tries to their name.

Jericevich added: “We believe we have played some strong attacking rugby over the past three games, scoring 12 tries, so it has been frustrating to only pick up three league points.

“We know where we must improve and after a strong week of training we are prepared to perform against a Glasgow Hawks side that will have regained their confidence after their win against Watsonians.”

Playing at a fourth home venue this year, as Old Anniesland undergoes maintenance, Hawks are wary of Stirling County’s fire power across the park.

Head Coach of Glasgow Hawks, Finlay Gillies, said: “Stirling have had a really positive start to the season and it looks like some really smart summer recruits have settled in well and are starting to hit their straps.

Stirling have also added some real x-factor to their ranks with the exciting addition of Niko Matawalu.”

A win for County could see them leapfrog Hawks into the top four with the halfway mark of the season fast approaching.

Elsewhere, Watsonians host Boroughmuir with only a point separating them after seven rounds.

Melrose will be tested when they visit a Heriot’s side that have lost only once at home this season and Marr will aim to put some breathing space between themselves and the bottom of the table when they welcome Currie Chieftains.

Hawick are searching for a first win in new Head Coach, George Graham’s first match in charge against Ayr.

Glasgow Hawks v Stirling County will be live-tweeted from @Scotlandteam.

Clubs from across BT National Leagues 1, 2 and 3 will also continue their season on Saturday. For a full list of fixtures, visit scottishrugby.org.

Glasgow Hawks v Stirling County, Burnbrae, 3pm

Glasgow Hawks: Robert Beattie; Kyle Rowe, Mark New, Davie Milne, Sam Yawayawa; Ross Thompson, Paddy Boyer; Steven Findlay, Grant Stewart, Gary Strain, Andrew Kirkland, Kiran McDonald, Stephen Leckey CAPTAIN, Callum Kerr, Jake Eaglesham

Replacements: Craig Brodie, Lewis Skinner, Kenny Beattie, Liam Brims, Robert Houliston

Stirling County: Logan Trotter; Kerr Gossman, Ewan Macgarvie, Logan Bonar, Niko Matawalu; Jonny Hope CAPTAIN, Peter Jericevich;Remy Chies, Reyner Kennedy, Gary Holburn, Joe Beech, Hamilton Burr, Lewis Wynne, Shaun Macdonald, Ruairidh Leishman

Replacements: Matthew Emmison, Mike McDonald, James Pow, Harry Henderson, Ross Curle

BT Premiership Round 8 – Saturday 21 October

Watsonians v Boroughmuir, Myreside, 3pm

Marr v Currie Chieftains, Fullarton Park, 3pm

Heriot’s v Melrose, Goldenacre, 3pm

Hawick v Ayr, Mansfield Park, 3pm