BT Men’s Shield Final PREVIEW | Carrick v Hawick Harlequins

Defending BT Shield champions Carrick return to BT Murrayfield to defend their crown against Hawick Harlequins.

Carrick are hoping to retain the trophy for a third consecutive occasion but are expecting tough opposition from Hawick Harlequins who have enjoyed an impressive performance this season.

The west coast side, who are currently placed on the top of the BT West Division 1 league table, have enjoyed a dominant run to the BT West Regional Shiel final, in which they faced Strathendrick (65-5), Allan Glen’s (40-19), Uddingston (75-5), Annan (44-20), Kilmarnock (36-14) before defeating Alloa 10-20 in the national semi-final.

Carrick beat Murrayfield Wanderers 28-41 in last year’s final and are optimistic that they can showcase their attacking flair in the final.

Carrick Head Coach, Gordon Brown, said: “We are very much looking forward to the final especially given that it is our third appearance in a row. It is the pinnacle for any player to grace BT Murrayfield and to see the local community and families in attendance makes it extra special.

“In Hawick Harlequins we face very difficult opponents. Gary and his squad have had a wonderful season winning East 1 and playing some fine rugby along the way. I am sure it will be a cracking final.”

Their opponents, Hawick Harlequins, triumphed in their regional Shield competition with victories over Duns (43-12), Langholm (34-5) and Berwick (22-19), before beating Barnton 32-14 in the national semi-final to claim a place at Silver Saturday.

The Borderers have claimed the BT East Division 1 league this season and are looking to add another piece of silverware to the trophy cabinet.

The Hawick outfit progressed to the semi-final of last year’s competition but have gone one better this season and are relishing the challenge of competing against the reigning champions.

Hawick Harlequins Head Coach Derek Armstrong said: “We’ve had a fantastic season so far, only losing once, and out semi-final performance is the best I’ve ever seen at the club.

“It means a lot to be playing at BT Murrayfield and I’ve tried to impress that upon the team to enjoy the occasion as well as obviously trying to in the Shield.

“We’ve made massive strides as a club but Carrick are a quality side and we will have to be at our best.”

 

Carrick’s route to the final:

SF – Alloa (10-20)

West Final - Kilmarnock (14-36)

West SF - Annan (20-44)

 

Hawick Harlequins route to the final: 

SF – Barnton (32-14)

Borders Final – Berwick (22-19)

Borders SF – Duns (43-12)