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RUGBY: Highland prepare for Gala occasion to boost title challenge

By Will Clark

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Action from the game. Picture: Callum Mackay..
Action from the game. Picture: Callum Mackay..

HIGHLAND will look to maintain their impressive start to the National One title chase when they head down to Gala on Saturday.

The Inverness club have had a good start to their title bid as they are in second place in the table with five wins out of six.

They are six points behind league leaders Ayr, who beat Highland’s opponents last weekend 28-14 at Netherdale.

Highland recorded a hard fought 17-11 victory over Melrose in Inverness last week in atrocious conditions which made passing rugby difficult to play at Canal Park.

Head coach Dave Carson says his team know it will be a massive test in the Borders against a quality team in the division.

But he remains confident that they can continue their impressive start to the campaign as they look to mount a serious title challenge and bid for promotion to the Premiership.

“We got another win against Melrose, but Ayr picked up maximum bonus points against Gala,” he said.

“We have had a few wins without the bonus point, but I wouldn’t criticise the team for not picking up a bonus point against a quality team like Melrose as at the end of the day, winning is good.”

"We have two massive away games in the next two weeks, starting away to Gala and then away to Ayr.

“Including the win over Melrose, these three games in a row were always going to be crucial in the way that the season pans out.

“Now we have to regroup, and see what the injury list is like after playing Melrose as turned out to be a pretty brutal game.

“We will see how the knocks are and then look forward for the match against Gala.”

Elsewhere in the Premiership on Saturday, league leaders Ayr are set to welcome GHA.

Bottom of the table Biggar face Dundee, Glasgow High Kelvinside will face Edinburgh outfit Watsonian and Melrose take on Glasgow Academicals.

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