Rugby teams get ready to enjoy some home comforts

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A veritable feast of rugby awaits local supporters this weekend with no less than six from seven Premiership and National League games being played on home soil.

All three of the region’s top flight teams are in action locally, and all have their individual agendas.

Gala remain top of the Premiership table, but are locked in a three-way battle with Heriot’s and Ayr – each have five wins to their credit and 24 points apiece.

Despite another bonus-point victory last week, Maroons coach George Graham is still waiting on his team to get out of second gear.

“Of course, being top is a good situation to be in, but we are not playing anywhere near as well as we can do,” he said.

“We’re still winning, though, so I will have to be happy with that.”

Melrose could make a difference to those standings this weekend when they take on Heriot’s at the Greenyards. John Dalziel’s men have a score to settle after being beaten 28-36 by the Goldenacre gang in the Scottish Rugby Charity Shield match earlier in the season, and will be keen to bounce back from their narrow, but painful, defeat against Hawick last week.

Melrose stand-off Richard Mill admitted after the game that the team’s performance was unacceptable and said that they would have to address the problems before the Heriot’s clash.

“Individual errors are not acceptable,” he stated.

“We have to up our game everywhere on the field and start connecting. That is something we will be working on this week.”

Having taken their first home win of the season last week, Hawick are looking forward to another on Saturday by seeing off Stirling County at Mansfield Park.

Captain Rory Hutton said: “We need to be consistent in making Mansfield Park somewhere that is difficult for visiting teams to get a win.”

In the National League, Selkirk will be trying to regain their top spot when Aberdeen come to Philiphaugh, while Kelso and Jed-Forest will be looking to get back onto the winning trail when facing Stewart’s Melville FP and GHA at Poynder Park and Riverside respectively.

Peebles are the only Borders team on the road early as they travel to Troon to play Marr.