No rest in rugby as cup takes priority

07/09/2013, TSPL, Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, Sport, Rugby, RBS  Premier 1, Melrose v Glasgow Hawks, The Greenyards, Melrose. Melrose rugby coach, John Dalziel.   Pic Ian Rutherford
07/09/2013, TSPL, Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, Sport, Rugby, RBS Premier 1, Melrose v Glasgow Hawks, The Greenyards, Melrose. Melrose rugby coach, John Dalziel. Pic Ian Rutherford

MOST league rugby will be on hold for the next three weeks as the autumn international series kicks off.

But there is still plenty of local action on offer as the RBS Cup and Border League get under way.

This weekend the cup takes priority with the Borders pool stages starting tomorrow (Friday) night featuring a fixture between Jed-Forest and Selkirk at Riverside.

On Saturday, Melrose welcome Hawick to the Greenyards where home coach John Dalziel will be keen to put the memory of last Saturday’s league defeat to Ayr behind him.

He told TheSouthern: “After 11 league games on the bounce it will be good to freshen the minds with a cup fixture.

“We know the quality in the group and will be getting the sleeves rolled up.

“We won’t dwell on last weekend as it’s now in the past. Instead, we will look forward, hopefully bounce back, and regather our impressive form which has been with us for so long in the first half of the season.”

Also on Saturday, Hawick YM take on Kelso at Mansfield Haugh.

Due to their British and Irish Cup status, Gala go straight through to the cup play-offs, but will play their outstanding league tie v Stirling at Netherdale.