PREM PREVIEW | Tennent's Premiership reaches Round 10

Preview ahead of Round 10 of the Tennent’s Premier as the league passes the half-way mark of the 18/19 season. 

Premiership league leaders Ayr will host bottom of the table Edinburgh Academicals on Saturday as they look to get back to winning ways after they suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Watsonians last weekend. 

Watsonians will hope to secure a third consecutive league win but will face stiff opposition when they head to Stirling, who are buoyed after last weekend’s success against Glasgow Hawks last weekend.

Stirling Head Coach Eddie Pollock said, “We were delighted to get a much-needed win last week against a very committed Hawks side. 

Watsonians, under Stevie Lawrie, will offer a very different challenge combining their physicality and work rate in defence with a strong maul and some very exciting back play where they are prepared to attack from anywhere on the field.”

The Greenyards will host the second Borders derby of the season between Melrose and Hawick. It’ll be a tough trip for Hawick who currently sit second to last in the table, with Melrose only losing once in the first half of the season against Ayr. 

Melrose Head Coach Robert Chrystie is looking forward to the local derby, “This weekend we welcome our local rivals Hawick which is always a fiercely contested fixture. I am sure George will have a few tricks up his sleeve and all his players will be raring to go.

With the earlier kick off of 1pm, hopefully a large vocal crowd will attend before heading to watch the Wales v Scotland game being played for the Doddie Weir Cup.”

Heriot’s take on Glasgow Hawks at Goldenacre with the home side looking to make up important ground on the top three, but Heriot’s Head Coach Phil Smith insists his side won’t shy away from the task at hand. 

“It feels we are playing our return fixtures, having reached the half way point, very quickly. Hawks are possibly the most improved team; after a tough opening few fixtures they have competed well in the last few weeks and bring danger all over the field.  

This means there is no place for complacency at Goldenacre this weekend.”

In the final Premiership fixture Boroughmuir, currently sitting in seventh place, will welcome third placed Currie Chieftain’s to Meggetland.  

Tennent’s Premiership Fixtures – 2 November 2018

Melrose RFC v Hawick RFC (1pm kick-off)
Heriot’s v Glasgow Hawks RFC (2pm kick-off)
Stirling County RFC v Watsonian FC (3pm kick-off)
Ayr RFC v Edinburgh Academicals (3pm kick-off)
Broughmuir v Currie Chieftains (3pm kick-off)