Rugby clubs take tasks in hand

With all the Scottish leagues now up and running, Borders sides now have an idea of the size of the task in front of them in the season ahead.

In the Premiership no-one, as yet, is standing out, with only the top two teams, Stirling County and Ayr, having won their first two matches, neither with bonus points, and Gala sitting in third palace with one win and three bonus points, keeping them just one point behind the leaders.

This weekend, the MAroons are at home to Glasgow Hawks and George Graham is hoping to tighten up his defence (see page 94). Also in the top flight, Melrose play host to Boroughmuir while Hawick travel to play Ayr.

In National League One, Jed-Forest head the group after one game, with another three teams, including Selkirk, equal on points.

Selkirk backs coach Cameron Cochrane is delighted with the performance of his young team over the last two weeks.

He added, “No-one’s getting carried away and Hillhead-Jordanhill will be coming to Philiphaugh this Saturday, desperate to do well after suffering a home defeat.”

Jed and Kelso are at home to Dundee and Biggar respectively, while Peebles travel to Aberdeen.