BT National League Cup Final PREVIEW | Dumfries Saints v Kelso

Dumfries Saints and Kelso meet in the final of the inaugural BT National League Cup at Lasswade.

A division separates the sides in the league standings but some fantastic performances have seen Saints see off all comers to book their spot in the final against the Borderers.

In the semis Kelso battled to a 7-0 victory at home over relegation bound Stewart’s Melville having already seen off GHA, Howe of Fife and Cartha Queen’s Park in earlier rounds.

Dumfries Saints faced a similarly tight game in their semi-final, beating St Boswells 11-18, after squeezing past GHK in the quarters.

As the lower ranked team, Saints know they will have to be at their very best if they are to come away with silverware against a team with a proud history.

Head Coach of Dumfries Saints Rudi Urbach said: “The form guide usually goes out the window in knock-out rugby but our respect for a club like Kelso, with such significant contributions to the Scottish rugby landscape behind them, very much remains.

“We’ll retain confidence in our own abilities and will approach the fixture like any other, ensuring we’re properly prepared, planning is in place, we control the things we can and focus on the task at hand and nothing else.

This is a very new chapter in the history of our club and will offer our players the opportunity to create their own legacy no matter the final result.

“As a family, we cherish the opportunity to be able to go out there and showcase our talents but more importantly have another chance to enjoy one another’s company and continue growing as individuals and as a team.”

Kelso are relishing the opportunity to take on an unfamiliar opposition at Lasswade having already seen off two of their National League Division 1 opponents in GHA and Cartha.

Kelso Head Coach Gary Stevens said: “The cup has been very competitive with the National League 1 teams meeting on our side of the draw. That means we will play Dumfries Saints, who we have very little knowledge of, which adds some real excitement to the challenge.

The team values the opportunity to compete for the BT National League Cup and will look to put together a performance worthy of its status.

“The great thing about knockout competition is every game is a final and, regardless of who you play, both teams are playing for one thing only and that’s to win.”

Live updates from the match will be posted on Twitter by @Scotlandteam.

BT National League Cup Final - Dumfries Saints v Kelso, kick-off 3pm, Lasswade

Kelso’s route to the final:

SF – Stewart’s Melville (7-0)

QF – GHA (28-26)

R2 – Howe of Fife (59-17)

R1 – Cartha Queen’s Park (20-35)

Dumfries Saint’s route to the final:

SF – St Boswells (11-18)

QF – GHK (17-23)

R2 – Hamilton (36-8)

R1 – Orkney (78-12)