TENNENT’S PREM PREVIEW | Stirling County host Boroughmuir in key clash

Stirling County welcome Boroughmuir to Bridgehaugh this afternoon as both sides will be eager to make amends from last weekend’s disappointing defeats (kick-off 3pm).

The sides have been evenly matched this season, with only two points separating them on the table.

A run of two consecutive losses has hampered Stirling County’s campaign over recent weeks, but they are optimistic that they can bounce back from last Saturday’s disappointing 26-8 defeat against Melrose.

Boroughmuir travel to Bridgehaugh following a mixed start to their season – which has seen them claim three victories out of six games played so far – and the capital outfit will be looking to improve from last weekend’s 17-36 loss against Ayr.

The hosts are buoyed by the release of Glasgow Warriors scrum-half, Nick Frisby, and the return of Bruce Sorbie and Ally Mackie from injury.

Ratu Tagive and Grant Hughes re-join the side after missing last week’s match against Melrose, while Billy Dineen makes his first start of the season following some recent impressive performances.

Stirling County Head Coach, Eddie Pollock, said “We are looking forward to what is a very important home match for the club.

“Boroughmuir have been playing some good rugby this season and will come to Bridgehaugh with a real intent to play.

“The players have been very focussed at training and are looking forward to another challenging encounter.”

The visitors, Boroughmuir, are wary of the threat that the bolstered Stirling squad can pose and will be looking to rise to the challenge.

A number of changes for the Edinburgh outfit sees Callum Atkinson and Stuart Smith return in the second-row, while Tom Drennan replaces the injured Craig Keddie. Edinburgh Rugby has also released Sentiki Nayolo for this weekend’s clash, as he aims to make an impression at number 8.

Boroughmuir Head Coach, Peter Wright, said: “We just need to cut out the mistakes and put an 80-minute performance together.

“The squad know the task ahead and have trained well this week. It should be a cracking clash with both sides wishing to play open rugby.”

Elsewhere, league leaders Ayr host Hawick at Millbrae and Watsonians travel to Malleny Park to take on Currie Chieftains in an Edinburgh derby.

Heriot’s welcome Melrose to Goldenacre in what is anticipated to be a fiercely contested match, while Edinburgh Accies go head-to-head against Glasgow Hawks at Raeburn in a must-win fixture for both sides.

Stirling County v Boroughmuir, Bridgehaugh, 3pm

Stirling County: Craig Robertson; Andrew McLean, Ratu Tagive, Grant Hughes, Charlie Dineen; Andrew Goudie, Nick Frisby; Billy Dineen, Reyner Kennedy CAPTAIN, Murphy Walker, James Pow, Cameron Henderson, Hamilton Burr, Shaun Macdonald, Alasdair Mackie

Replacements: Kevin Bryce, Adam Woods, Ross Bundy, Harry Henderson, Bruce Sorbie

Boroughmuir: Rory Arthur; Ronan Kerr, Will Wardlaw, Greg Cannie, Jordan Edmunds; Robin Weersma, Jack Hamilton; Ross Dunbar, Johnny Matthews CAPTAIN, Ryan Montgomery, Callum Atkinson, Stuart Smith, Aubrey Mcube, Tom Drennan, Senitiki Nayolo

Replacements: Jack Steele, Dale Robertson, Will Inglis, Lewis Robinson, Murray Johnstone