Borders coaches pick their priorities in cup weekend

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JP License'Viagogo Autumn Tests'Scotland v Argentina, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh.''Greig Laidlaw makes the break for Sean Maitland try''' Neil Hanna Photography'www.neilhannaphotography.co.uk'07702 246823

Much has been made of the romance of the cup and the road to Murrayfield, although, for some sides, it’s not the highest priority.

The second round of the BT Cup takes place on Saturday, and the pick of the ties is probably the one between Selkirk and GHA – who sit in first and second place at the top of National Division One.

The Souters, who brought their record to 10 out of 10 league wins last week against Peebles, will be looking to give some of their stars a breather.

Backs coach Cameron Cochrane told The Southern: “We have a cup game and a Border League game over the next couple of weeks, so that gives us the chance to manage some of our injuries and give boys a rest.

“Our priority is obviously the league now and we have Kelso in three weeks’ time, so we’ll need to start preparing for that now.”

Cochrane is delighted with the effort his charges have put in this season.

He said: “In the last 10 minutes against Peebles, they were throwing everything at us, but some of the crunching tackles that our boys put in were absolutely tremendous.

“It just shows the sheer commitment of these boys, they are just as desperate for success as we are.”

In other matches, Kelso, fresh from their first win in a while over Jed-Forest, take on National Three side Preston Lodge.

Tweedsiders’ backs coach Andrew Skeen said that although the league is a priority, they will still be picking a full-strength squad for the cup.

He added: “It would have been nice to have another league match this weekend, after finding our form last week.

“But you enter competitions to win them, and at the end of the day, a win creates momentum, whether it is in the league or the cup.”

Peebles travel to Musselburgh, Hawick YM host Lasswade, Hawick head to Troon to take on Marr and Jed-Forest need to try to find form in their away tie to Edinburgh Accies.

z Saturday evening sees Scotland resume their Autumn Tests campaign against the mighty All Blacks.

The team will be named today, but there’s a good chance there won’t be too many changes from their 41-31 victory over Argentina, in which Borderers such as Ross Ford, Stuart Hogg and captain Greig Laidlaw performed brilliantly.

z Melrose Ladies’ Emma Hackney has become the first female winner of the BT try of the month award for her stunning score against RHC Cougars in October.

The 22-year-old said: “I was really surprised to win this award as it was my first of the season.

“It was a team try, where everyone was involved and I was in the right place at the right time to finish it off.”

We’ve put a link to a video of her touchdown on our website – it’s well worth a look – visit www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk.