Melrose seek to continue improving

Improved weekly performances are a key aim for Melrose.
Improved weekly performances are a key aim for Melrose.
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Melrose will be glad to sample the flavour of the Greenyards again as they return on Saturday, hoping to build an impressive new winning sequence.

The side’s 100 per cent league record came to an end last Saturday – and they also abdicated as BT Premiership table leaders – against also-undefeated Ayr.

However, the Borders side isn’t intending to dwell too much on the 11-7 loss – instead, they hope to learn from it and give an improved display.

Head coach Robert Chrystie said: “The boys are confident in what they’re doing and that’s half the battle.

“They love playing at the Greenyards – it’s a great place to play rugby and there’s always a buzz about the place on a Saturday. Hopefully, we will give a good performance.”

Chrystie added the side would review last Saturday’s game in training, draw a line under it, and move on. The main focus at Melrose was making sure they were improving each week, and they’d been doing that.

“Our game management wasn’t great at times, so we need to look at that, but we played some good stuff as well. We scored a great try and there was a lot of good passing, which I felt happy with.

“The players felt they didn’t perform as well as they might have done, so it put us under pressure, and Ayr played pretty well.”

This Saturday’s rivals, Stirling County, have made many changes from last year and are beginning to “bed in”, said Chrystie, adding: “They will be dangerous – no doubt about that.”

Fraser Thomson is definitely ruled out with a hamstring injury.