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Highland will keep fighting as spoiler in National One title race as they take on Biggar

By Andrew Henderson

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Promotion may be a step too far for Highland in National One this season, but Dave Carson is adamant his side can still have an effect on the title race.

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

Carson has spent the week preparing his side to face old rivals Biggar at home tomorrow, who are still very much in contention at the top.

With their game in hand, Gala may actually be the favourites to top the table at the end of the season, but they too have Highland to play before the end of the campaign.

So while Highland would have wanted to still be in the mix at this stage of the campaign, Carson is confident his side will relish playing a spoiler role and still having a say in who earns a spot in next season’s Premiership.

“We’ve still got a job to do for this season,” he said.

“We’ve got four massive, historic clubs in front of us in the table with Heriots, Melrose, Gala and Biggar.

“We want to be right behind them when the league finishes. We might even be able to catch Melrose and get into fourth, but even if we don’t it has been a fantastic season.

“Obviously everyone wants to push for promotion, but we’ve really punched above our weight, so we want to push on until the end of the season and make sure it doesn’t tail off.

“We have games to play against Biggar and Gala, who are still in the mix. There’s a lot of rugby still to play, and a lot of points still to collect, so whether we can go up or not, we will certainly have an effect on who does.”

Highland and Biggar have been linked since tussling over the National Two title and getting promoted together, so there may be extra motivation tomorrow.

“We’ve had some battles against Biggar, it’s usually really tight,” Carson added.

“They’ve won some, and we’ve won some, although we’ve never won down in Biggar.

“They’re always really physical games. That’s what we will drum into the guys this week – we have to be more physical than them to get on top of their backs and get it out to our backs.”

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