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Selection dilemma is good for Highland Rugby Club head coach


By Andrew Henderson


Dave Carson is facing some difficult selection decisions as Highland Rugby Club look to end the season on a high.

Rugby..Highland v Watsonians..Rupeni Rokoduguni hands off a pass..Picture: Gary Anthony..
Rugby..Highland v Watsonians..Rupeni Rokoduguni hands off a pass..Picture: Gary Anthony..

Highland are in the final stretch of their season, but showed last weekend that they have no intention of easing off before the summer by thrashing Dundee 43–12.

Aside from Callum Carson, who suffered a broken wrist a couple of weeks ago, there are no injury concerns for Carson to deal with.

So competition for places is still fierce, with players looking to make an impact to stake their claim for a starting berth next season.

“A couple of guys will be coming back in hopefully, so we should be just about at full strength apart from Callum,” Carson said.

“At this time of the season it’s good to have everyone available and fighting for their places.

“It will be a difficult choice to nail down 20 players.

“There will be a few disappointed guys on Saturday.”

With title aspirations long gone, part of what is driving Highland on at this stage is the desire to keep improving in their first season in National One.

Earlier in the campaign they were prone to switching off when they had established a lead.

They also found that teams were much stronger in the set-piece than the Greens had been used to, so there were clear areas Carson could see his side needed to get better in.

But the trip to Dundee showed just how much progress has already been made.

“We sometimes weren’t making the right decisions in the first half but we got our act together in the second and ran in four good tries to seal it off,” Carson explained.

“We had some good running lines, and a lot of what we had been working on since Christmas showed.

“We’re really getting into it now, and the guys ran some good lines to get the scores.”

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