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Highland head coach says funny results have blown league wide open

By Will Clark

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HIGHLAND head coach Dave Carson says funny results in the opening weeks means National One is wide open this season.

Highland Rugby Club v Ayr - Canal Park, Inverness..Rupeni Rokoduguni...Picture: Callum Mackay..
Highland Rugby Club v Ayr - Canal Park, Inverness..Rupeni Rokoduguni...Picture: Callum Mackay..

The Inverness club got their campaign back on track after losing their first two games, with three consecutive victories, including last weekend’s 19–15 win over Dundee.

Tomorrow they welcome winless Watsonians to Canal Park as they will aim to continue their good form and move up from sixth in the table.

Carson believes any of the top eight teams in the division are capable of beating anyone and their push for promotion is still a realistic aim.

“It is a very open league and there have been some funny results this season,” he said.

“Heriot’s have lost three matches, we have lost a couple, Biggar were deducted points for not being able to field a team and then Biggar beat Melrose last weekend.

“Both Ayr and Kelso are going well at the moment, it shows anyone is capable of, certainly the top eight anyway, are capable of beating each other on their day.

“It is going to be a really open league.”

Watsonians are second bottom of National One having lost all five games.

But in three of the five matches, they picked up bonus points for scoring four tries or more.

But they have conceded some heavy defeats this season, most notable an 80–21 hammering by Melrose as well conceding over 40 points to both Biggar and Dundee.

Highland scraped a 19–15 win against Dundee finishing the game with 13 men.

Carson is confident of another victory this weekend.

“We’re doing fine, if we can another win this week that will give us four wins and two defeats.

“That’s how we started the previous season which was cancelled due to Covid, so another home victory will set us up for a big game against Melrose afterwards.”

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