BT Premiership PREVIEW | Watsonians take on Chieftains in Edinburgh derby

Watsonians face a stern test when they welcome pack leaders, Currie Chieftains, to Myreside this Saturday in an Edinburgh derby match (2 December, kick-off 3pm).

Last time the teams met, in the second round of matches, Chieftains ran out convincing winners in a game that produced some stunning tries.

Since then Currie have lost just three games while Watsonians have been less consistent, dropping points in five matches but handily beating reigning champions, Ayr, at Millbrae.

The home team will be hoping to build on their great showing in the BT Cup where they convincingly beat Glasgow Hawks.

Watsonians Head Coach, Steve Lawrie, said: “The Autumn break has allowed us to consolidate work in a few key areas and set out our goals for the next part of the season.

“That part starts with an extremely tough challenge against Currie who are a good team and have found many ways to win already this season.

“We will require a high level of focus, accuracy and effort in all we do in order to obtain the performance we desire.”

The visitors are looking forward to a tough match in good conditions.

Currie Chieftains Head Coach, Ben Cairns, said: “The boys are looking forward to getting back into league action this weekend after a very disappointing final result versus Ayr in the BT Cup, having been in the lead for large parts of the match.

“Watsonians are clearly in better form since our last meeting, having won three of their last four matches, so we know we face another stern test.

I think it’s safe to say the conditions will be better at the weekend than they were at Millbrae a couple of weeks ago. Myreside is always in good condition so its set up to be a cracking game of rugby.”

Elsewhere, Hawick will be looking to kick-start their season against Stirling County after some improved performances.

Heriot’s welcome Marr to Goldenacre and Boroughmuir will be aiming to halt Melrose’s march to an 11th straight league bonus point win.

Glasgow Hawks return to Old Anniesland to play Ayr as both teams look to reassert their play-off credentials.

Watsonians v Currie Chieftains 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.

Watsonians v Currie Chieftains, Myreside, 3pm

Watsonians: Andrew Chalmers; Mark Bertram, Rory Hutton, DJ Innes, Michael Allen; Ewan Fox, Ali Harris; Nick Fraser, Ross Graham, Kyle Whyte, Euan Dods, Craig Borthwick CAPTAIN, Gregor Nelson, James Miller, Michael Fedo

Replacements: Sean Crombie, Finn Hobbis, Kieran Watt, Willie Thomson, Jack Harrison

Currie Chieftains: Ben Robbins; Ruaraidh Smith, Mathew Hooks, Robbie Nelson CAPTAIN, Cammy Gray; Jamie Forbes, Matt O’Neil; Kris Burney, Callum Mackintosh, Andrew McWilliam, Vince Wright, Mike Vernel, Stephen Ainslie, Thomas Gordon, Rhys Davies

Replacements:Graeme Carson, John Cox, Duncan Ferguson, Scott McGinley, Cammy Smith

BT Premiership Round 11

Saturday 2 December

Heriot’s v Marr, Goldenacre, 2pm

Hawick v Stirling County, Mansfield Park, 3pm

Boroughmuir v Melrose, Meggetland, 3pm

Glasgow Hawks v Ayr, Old Anniesland, 3pm