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Head coach says week off is no big benefit for Highland as they face Gala


By Will Clark

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Dave Carson believes Highland are well-rested ahead of their return to National One action tomorrow.

Highland Rugby Club v Ayr - Canal Park, Inverness..Scot Fraser converts...Picture: Callum Mackay..
Highland Rugby Club v Ayr - Canal Park, Inverness..Scot Fraser converts...Picture: Callum Mackay..

Last weekend’s scheduled trip to Biggar, alongside the second and third teams’ home games, was called off after positive Covid tests at Canal Park, but Highland have since had the all clear and returned to training on Tuesday night.

That visit to South Lanarkshire has been rescheduled for Thursday, but next on Carson’s agenda is Gala coming up to Inverness this weekend.

Gala also saw their match cancelled last weekend, so while Highland are raring to go it may not be much of an advantage for Carson’s men.

“The boys came back really fresh and raring to go,” Carson explained.

“Every team plays such a big game now, wherever you are it’s hard and physical. There were a few boys with aches and pains, but they have all done a lot of rehab.

“We’ll benefit from that to a degree, and everyone is all fired up for this weekend now.

“Gala were off as well last weekend, so they will be right up for it. They had a big game the week before against Melrose – a big, physical game, so they got to rest and they will be raring to go too.”

Gala have quietly mounted their own title challenge in National One, sitting third with six wins from their seven matches, so Carson is once again expecting a tough afternoon.

“Everyone has gone on about Biggar, Melrose and Heriots, and Gala have kept chopping away up there,” Carson reasoned.

“They have only lost one game, which was quite early on in the season, and they’ve had some good results like beating Melrose at Melrose quite convincingly, 26–5.

“They’re a good side, there’s no doubt about that, but we’re more than capable of beating them if we put in the performance that we know the boys are capable of.”


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