Summer rugby? Not for me, says Harky

SELKIRK RFC may have been idle for most of the winter, but for a certain player summer rugby doesn’t appeal.

Speaking after last weekend’s game against Hawick, captain Fraser Harkness, who spent three weeks playing sevens in South Africa and Dubai recently, said: “You can’t beat playing rugby at Philiphaugh on a muddy day. Maybe not every week, though.

“The sun is nice, but us pasty white boys can’t handle it for too long. I think we maybe need to look at breaking for a brief spell in the winter. That’s not up to me, that’s up to the hierarchy, so we’ll just leave it to them and get on with the job in hand.”

That job being keeping his team up in the higher echelons of the Scottish Premiership.

This weekend, West of Scotland pay a visit to Philiphaugh for a Group B clash and all at the club are sure of one thing.

A win is crucial.

“We have practically had another pre-season in the last nine weeks with last weekend against Hawick being our warm-up game,” said Harkness.

“It maybe didn’t go quite to plan but we won the second half and we will have to take the positives from that.

“We have three massive games coming up and it’s crucial that we get the home win this weekend and get some kind of start and get rid of the nerves. It will be tough, West are a good side. It’s been a hard season and it’s not going to get any easier.”

President Donald Macleod added: “Our match against Hawick last weekend got rid of a lot of frustration and rust and, hopefully, we will put together a good controlled game against West this weekend as it is crucial that we get a win for our survival in P1. Some decent weather and a good crowd will help.”