Finals Day looms large for two Borders rugby clubs

14/04/15'BT MURRAYFIELD STADIUM - EDINBURGH'(L/R) Alloa's Gary Taylor, Cumnock's Jamie Thomson, Hawick's Ross Graham, Boroughmuir's Andrew Rose, GHK's Peter Ritchie and St Boswells' David Cassidy all look ahead to the upcoming BT Cup Finals Day.
14/04/15'BT MURRAYFIELD STADIUM - EDINBURGH'(L/R) Alloa's Gary Taylor, Cumnock's Jamie Thomson, Hawick's Ross Graham, Boroughmuir's Andrew Rose, GHK's Peter Ritchie and St Boswells' David Cassidy all look ahead to the upcoming BT Cup Finals Day.
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All roads lead to Murrayfield on Saturday as two Borders sides make their way to the national stadium to compete at the 2015 BT Cup Finals Day.

Top of the bill will be the cup final itself, in which a green army of supporters will be looking to witness Hawick RFC’s third success after winning the inaugural showpiece in 1996 and then again in 2002.

For Scotland Under-20s representative Ross Graham, Saturday’s final is a first and he knows exactly what he and his team-mates have to do in order to make it three from three.

“We have to get individual responsibilities right, pull together as a team and take our opportunities when they come,” he said.

A fleet of 20 buses will head up the A7 as the Mansfield Park outfit take on Boroughmuir.

Having been part of the team for their previous win, assistant coach Scott McLeod knows just what it means to have that kind of support.

“It’s great when you have got almost an entire town behind you,” he said.

St Boswells will make the journey to Murrayfield for the first time in the club’s history.

The Villagers, who have been undefeated for two years, play GHK, who haven’t lost this season, in the BT Shield final.

On Saturday, one of those records has to go and St Boswells captain Ryan Hogg said his team have been putting in the work to give them every chance of holding onto theirs.

“GHK are a strong team, but we have shown this season that we can wrestle out a victory when required, as we did against North Berwick to get to the final in the first place,” he added.

“It is a great privilege to be playing at Murrayfield and we will be playing right up to that final whistle to try and get the win.”

More cup and shield final news on pages 78 & 79.