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RUGBY: Highland aiming to win Gala occasion in Inverness on Saturday

By Will Clark

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Highland's Hugo Crush with a try. Picture: Callum Mackay..
Highland's Hugo Crush with a try. Picture: Callum Mackay..

HIGHLAND will look to keep up the chase for second place in National One when they are scheduled to face Gala at Canal Park tomorrow afternoon.

The team will take to the field in Inverness looking to follow up the bonus point victory from last weekend when they defeated Glasgow High Kelvinside 26-23.

The victory meant they remain in third place, three points behind Melrose with both teams having three matches left this season.

Second place is the best Highland can hope for as Ayr have already clinched the National One title and promotion to the Premiership next season.

But Highland head coach Dave Carson says they have no intention taking their foot off the throttle.

Their aim for the rest of the campaign will be to try and hunt down Melrose and claim second place.

However, he is calling for an improved performance from last week against GHK, despite securing the bonus point.

“It was excellent to get five points away from home, but our performance was pretty poor,” Carson reflected.

“We never went through the phases, we never kept the ball, individual errors and wrong decision making at key times.

“We talked about what we needed to do in the second half compared to the first half.

“In the second half we were better, and when you manage to get five points away from home, you’ll take that any day.”
Gala have had a disappointing campaign by their usual standards as they find themselves in eighth position but are still clear of relegation.

Carson says his team will be expecting a tough test in Inverness tomorrow.

“We were 15 points down with eight minutes left the last time we played and we managed to come back and win it.

“Gala have been playing some really good rugby and it is funny where they are in the league. But we need to make home advantage count.”

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