Tennent’s Prem PREVIEW | Hawick travel to Malleny Park in search of first win

Hawick are aiming for a reversal in fortunes tomorrow as the Borders outfit face Currie Chieftains in a bid for their first win of the season (kick-off 3pm). 

The Green Machine have endured a tough start to their season; losing at home to Melrose (14-48), followed by a considerable 63-7 defeat against Boroughmuir last weekend.

The visitors, who currently sit at the bottom of the table, have made several changes to their line-up as Ruaridh Macleod switches to loose-head in place of Matt Carryer and Drew Davison, Kyle Brunton and Andrew Mitchell all join the fold following impressive performances for the 2nd XV team last weekend.

The side will also hope to be bolstered by the inclusion of Edinburgh Rugby player, Pietro Cecarelli, who starts at tight-head.

Hawick Head Coach, George Graham, has called for his team to be more clinical this weekend, but is aware of the scale of the challenge as they face against another side eager to make amends from last weekend’s disappointing result.

He said: “I need a reaction from the players this week. We all know that last week was unacceptable and cannot be repeated.

“We need to move on and ensure that we are prepared for the trip to Malleny. We played Currie twice in pre-season with different outcomes.

“We know what they bring and we need to be in the best place we can be if we want to get anything from this game.”

Currie Chieftains hope that their home advantage will prove rewarding, as they aim to bounce back from a disappointing 30-17 defeat against Ayr last weekend.

In his selection, Currie Chieftains Head Coach Ben Cairns has opted for a fairly settled squad as Rhys Davies moves to second-row for the injured Stephen Ainslie and AP McWilliams enters the fray in place of Fraser Watt.

Cairns said: “Hawick will be disappointed with the way they have started but will have learnt a lot over the last few weeks and I am sure will come to Malleny determined to get their season up and running.

“We were happy with large parts of what we did last time out however Ayr taught us a lesson in turning pressure into points. We made it too easy for them at vital times and that told on the scoreboard.

“We have worked really hard this week on our analysis to understand how the game got away from us and we will look to right a few wrongs this weekend.”

Elsewhere, Ayr will have the added incentive of potentially getting their club engraved on the Bill McLaren Shield, as the west coast side welcome Stirling County to Millbrae.

Watsonians host current table-toppers Melrose at Myreside, while Heriot’s face their second consecutive Edinburgh derby as they go head-to-head against Edinburgh Accies at Raeburn Place.

Over at Balgray, Glasgow Hawks will also be looking to achieve their first win of the season as they take on Boroughmuir.

Currie Chieftains v Hawick will be live-tweeted from @Scotlandteam.

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

Currie Chieftains v Hawick, Malleny Park, 3pm

Currie Chieftains: Jamie Forbes; Ben Robbins, Joe Reynolds, Robbie Nelson CAPTAIN, Steven Hamilton; Gregor Hunter, Charlie Shiel; Reece Patterson, Graeme Carson, AP McWilliam, Rhys Davies, Mike Vernel, Luke Crosbie, Thomas Gordon, Scott McGinley

Replacements: Campbell Wilson, Fraser Watt, Marc Kelly, Roan Frostwick, Adam Hall.

Hawick: Keith Young; Angus Roberts, Andrew Mitchell, Dom Buckley, Frankie Robson; Kyle Brunton, Grant Huggan; Ruaridh Macleod, Callum Renwick, Pietro Ceccarelli, Daniel Suddon, Dalton Redpath, Stuart Graham, Drew Davison, Bruce McNeil

Replacements: Ali Grieve, Tom Hope, Sean Fairbairn, Ali Weir, Keith Davies.