IT’S back to cup business for most of the local Premiership and National League sides for the next fortnight, with some interesting ties in prospect.
For Melrose, it’s a chance to use their squad to the full and perhaps give some of the Storm players, who have been knocking on the door of the 1st XV, a chance to prove their worth when they face Jed-Forest on Saturday.
One of those is likely to be young back row player Ruaridh Knott, who was given a baptism of fire last week when making his first start for the Melrose 1st XV against Hawick.
Coach John Dalziel told The Southern: “Ruaridh played really well last week and it’s good to see our development system seems to be working.
He added: “We have great respect for Jed who are going well, so make no mistake, it will be a toughie.”
Hawick face neighbours Hawick YM at Mansfield Haugh, while Selkirk play host to Peebles at Philiphaugh.
Once again, Gala are involved in British and Irish Cup action and kick off a home and away double header against Bristol at the Memorial Stadium on Sunday (2pm) with the return fixture at Netherdale the following Saturday.