Border League weekend

BORDER LEAGUE games take precedence this weekend with the possibility of both Pool A and Pool B being decided – despite some teams having yet to play a game.

In Pool A, Melrose head the table having won three games out of three. Jed-Forest have yet to play, but with a trip to the Greenyards looming, their campaign may be over before it gets off the ground.

Melrose coach Craig Chalmers said: “Jed have been going well of late and we know we will be in for a tough battle.”

Should Jed beat Melrose on Saturday then the pool will be thrown wide open.

Hawick and Peebles are both waiting in the wings, having both played two and won one.

The two were supposed to be playing each other on Saturday, but the match was postponed on Tuesday night as, with their first-choice prop and hooker out through injuries and another committed to going to Twickenham for Sunday’s international, Peebles were unable to find suitable front row cover for the match.

Peebles fixture secretary Allan Beveridge told us: “In the interest of players’ safety we could not field 2nd XV props against Hawick.”

In Pool B Gala head the challenge.

They face Selkirk at Philiphaugh and the Souters will be looking to start their defence of the title with a victory.

Kelso head for Kirkcaldy for a Premier Group C clash.

Rugby action kicks off tomorrow night when Netherdale hosts the Club International between Scotland and Ireland (7.30pm). Local players likely to be involved in the match are Fraser Thomson, Scott Wight and John Dalziel (Melrose) and Fraser Harkness (Selkirk).