Teams are looking up in Premier League

Galashiels RFC coach George Graham at Netherdale.
Galashiels RFC coach George Graham at Netherdale.

Melrose may be sitting pretty at the top end of the BT Premiership but for the other three Borders teams a place in the play-off group is all but a distant dream.

With some hard work and good fortune however all three still have the self belief that can see them climb their way up the table and this Saturday is a perfect place to start.

Having watched his team suffer three consecutive premier league defeats on the trot Gala coach George Graham is looking for his men to turn things around when they play host to Stirling County.

“We have to take our Border League win against Hawick last weekend and try and build on it,” he said.

“It’s a big step up and a totally different mindset in the Premiership where we haven’t really been doing particularly well.

“Stirling are in the same position as us and will be looking to make inroads but we have home advantage and will be looking to get back to winning ways.”

Still looking for their first win in the top flight table props Selkirk face a tough trip away to play Glasgow Hawks. Coach Cameron Cochrane was looking to work his team hard in the aftermath of their devastating 59-24 defeat to Hawick two weeks ago.

“We have taken the chance to work on things at training and try and get to the bottom of the problem,” he said.

“We are still only six games in and we have points on the board. Two wins could lift us right up there.

“Teams are all beating each other in this league and I really think it will go down to the last games of the season. We just need to keep battling on and believing in our ability to compete at this level.”

Having came onto their game of late Hawick have managed to get themselves up into fifth place, four points below Boroughmuir, but with a clamour of teams on their coat tails.

This weekend Nikki Walkers men make the journey to Meggetland for a game that could make a real difference.

Turn to page 79 for all the weekend rugby fixtures.