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Experienced heads will give confident Highland a boost going down to Boroughmuir in National One

By Andrew Henderson

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Highland Rugby Club, replenished in confidence and numbers, will go down to Boroughmuir believing that can claim victory according to head coach Dave Carson.

Carson’s side are fresh off their first win of the season, but it promises to be a challenging trip down to the capital tomorrow.

Boroughmuir have won two of their three games, but they have been leakier in defence than they would have liked, so with Carson having extra options to pick from he has every reason to be optimistic.

“Now, knowing what’s involved and what it takes to win a game, we will go to Boroughmuir with confidence,” he insisted.

“Boroughmuir are a good side, but we’ll have a couple more boys available.

Highland’s squad has been bolstered by the return of experienced heads for the trip to Boroughmuir. Picture: Callum Mackay
Highland’s squad has been bolstered by the return of experienced heads for the trip to Boroughmuir. Picture: Callum Mackay

“Stephen Murray is one that will come back into contention after his knee injury.

“We’ll have more experienced guys coming in and maybe we lacked a bit of that in the first couple of games.

“Stuart Butler and Rory Cross are coming in, Craig Findlater was back last week, so we’ve got a few more experienced heads in the side to calm things down.”

Boroughmuir may feel like they have a point to prove at home after losing 36–0 to Melrose there.

Home form is crucial for any team looking to finish high up the table, but Carson believes Boroughmuir’s away record proves how much of a threat they are.

“All National One teams want to win their home games, so it’s going to be really tough down there,” Carson said.

“They have won two games, but they’ve both been away.

“We know how difficult it is to do that in National One.

“They will be a good side, and playing in front of their home fans they will want to put on a good performance and get a victory.

“We’ll work hard this week and look at what we need to do to beat them, and the boys will obviously be on a bit of a high coming off the win against Heriots so we’ll be in good fettle as well.”

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