Tennent's Premiership round six preview
There are four games this weekend in the Tennent’s Premiership with the pick of the ties arguably coming at Riverside Park where Jed-Forest welcome Musselburgh in what could prove to be a crucial match in the race to stay in Scotland’s top division.
It may be relatively early days as we approach round six, but both sides will want to get into a good rhythm having narrowly lost out last week in bonus point defeats.
Visiting Head Coach Graeme Paterson is all too aware of the need to grab something from the borders, saying: “This will be a very intense game with both teams looking to get some valuable points on the board as we start ticking the games off in this first half of the season. Our guys know where we slipped up last week at home against Aberdeen and with faith put back in pretty much the same side, they are keen to get out there and prove to themselves that they can compete hard in this league.”
Jed’s winger Gregor Young reckons it’ll be an entertaining affair, adding: “We’re aware of how hard a game this will be and after tight results last weekend for both clubs, I’m sure tomorrow’s match will be no different.”
At Balgray, Glasgow Hawks will be looking to put the disappointment of last week’s late loss to GHA behind them when hosting Currie Chieftains. Head Coach Andy Hill has a few returning bodies to boost his squad and is keen that his side takes the game to their opponents: “Reviewing last week’s video was a tough watch for our boys but the important thing is we learn from our mistakes. This week we come up against a solid outfit in Currie who have had a great start to the season. We know we come into this as underdogs and look forward to the challenge that Currie will pose with their free-flowing rugby.”
Currie boss Mark Cairns is under no illusions as to the challenges this fixture will pose, saying: “It’s a very competitive league with any team capable of winning on their day. Hawks will be smarting from a late collapse which cost them victory and will come out firing. We are aiming to improve week in, week out and get a consistency of performance over 80 minutes we are capable of.”
Leaders Marr have picked up maximum points in every game thus far, averaging over 47 points per game in the process. Craig Redpath picks an unchanged squad for Selkirk’s visit and is focused on delivering another good performance: “After a good performance and win against Hawick on Saturday, we face another border team on Saturday at home. Our games against Selkirk have always been tough and very close. We expect Saturday to be the same and new coach Scott Wight will have them well prepared.”
Wight says his team will give it their all: “We don’t have many injuries to contend with so that’s a positive, but there are a few personnel changes after last week’s performance against Jed when a few of the boys put their hands up for selection. It’ll certainly be a tough match but that is something that everyone at the club is looking forward to tackling.”
Finally, the aforementioned GHA head up to Rubislaw to take on an Aberdeen Grammar side buoyed by three straight wins and sitting third in the table. Home Head Coach Ali O’Connor knows his side will have to be on their mettle to continue their run, saying: “GHA always represents a really strong challenge for us. We’ve had some very close games over the years with home advantage usually being the deciding factor. We have a settled squad from last week so we are looking to put in another strong performance and we know will have to be our best to take points.”
GHA have won two on the spin and so something’s got to give in this match-up between two form teams. Trevor Carmichael is urging cool heads from his team, saying: “Aberdeen is always a tough place to go and win. With our last two wins, there is a great buzz about the club. We will be pulling all our experiences from the first five games and look forward to a great game against Aberdeen, composure will be key for us this week.”
All four of this weekend’s Tennent’s Premiership fixtures kick-off at 3pm.