Crunch time in Premier league for Borders four

Melrose back row man Andrew Nagle braces himself for a bit hit during his team's home match against Stirling County last weekend

Melrose back row man Andrew Nagle braces himself for a bit hit during his team's home match against Stirling County last weekend

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With only four games left to play in the BT Premiership, every game is huge for the four Borders clubs who are either fighting for play-off places or survival.

Melrose coach John Dalziel is looking forward to another huge challenge away to Heriot’s on Saturday, but admits every game now is huge.

“We are looking to build on a solid home performance and bonus point win, after a couple of difficult weeks where injury and weather have played a big part,” he said.

“With the competition for the top four places increasing, we are focusing solely on our own job week to week.

“We have been within the top three the entire season, so we must keep that consistency up, to do so we must keep winning.

“Melrose v Heriot’s matches are always big occasions and this is a huge match for both sides. A win for either team would mean going into the Christmas break in second place, a loss could see you out of the top four, so there is absolutely everything to play for.

“Its been a very intense league so we will be looking for another big performance, before going into the break.”

Down at Mansfield Park Hawick will be looking to keep themselves in touch with the play-off places with a win over Boroughmuir.

At the other end of the table Selkirk have more or less accepted their fate and are just waiting for the trap door to open. On Saturday they face high flying Glasgow Hawks but coach Peter Wright remains defiant.

“We’ll keep playing rugby till the end. We know we’re struggling in this division but we’ve played some good stuff,” he said.

Gala are on the road and play Stirling County at Bridgehaugh, where president Graham Low will be looking for a repeat of last weekend’s victory over Boroughmuir.

“Unless we can back it up again this weekend it won’t count for much,” he said.

“We know we won’t be out of the woods, however, hopefully, can get into a position where our fate is in our own hands.”