Kick Off: 7.30
Stirling County: WLLWL
On this Valentine's weekend we have a rugby encounter that will have make your mouth water more than a box of Lindor and heart race more than when you receive a surprise bunch of flowers! What's more it's unlikely that there'll be any love lost between the two teams.
Both teams have their own agendas – Heriot’s know that a victory would secure them at least 3rd spot in the BT Premiership and therefore guarantee a playoff place. Stirling County will be focused on securing their position within the league for next season. A win would enable them to secure that goal - however a loss could see them fall into the relegation playoff.
Neither side go into the match in fantastic form with both only recording 2 wins from their last 5 outings and so a big fat 'W' will be well received by both teams - of course there can only be one victor.
As a result, although their better halves may be hoping for a quiet Saturday night so the lads are prepared to wine and dine them ‘properly’ on the Sunday, a win for either side would almost certainly prompt raucous celebrations!
Image Source: BBC Sport
The Nails won the league last season in what was the debut year of the 4-team playoff system and will be looking to emulate that success. With Ayr currently 12 points clear at the top, Heriot's eyes will be firmly set on achieving a 2nd place finish, however they’ll know there will be no easy matches come the playoffs. It’s all about securing that top 4 spot!
On the other hand, Stirling County, who faced the hazardous relegation playoff last season against GHA, will be hoping to avoid the crunch match this season. They’re currently positioned precariously, only 3 points ahead of 2nd bottom Gala (who are away to 2nd placed Currie RFC). Thus, a County win would be very well received and could take them above 7th placed Boroughmuir, if other results go their way.
It’s certainly all to play for!
If you’re in Edinburgh this weekend we highly recommend you head down to Goldenacre for what should be a brilliant game of rugby. Best of luck to both teams and we hope it’s an entertaining spectacle!
What's more, there's a pre match lunch available to all supporters, which offers a great opportunity to socialise and stock up on hot food before the rugby. Lunch starts from 13:00.
|Heriot's RFC||Stirling County RFC|
|15. John Semple||15. Dylan Tlkato-Simpson|
|14. Charlie Simpson||14. Jonny Hope|
|13. Max Learmonth||13. Fraser Lyle|
|12. Cameron Ferguson||12. Danny Gilmour|
|11. John Rae||11. Matt Lamb|
|10. Gregor McNish||10. Shaun Treweek|
|9. Tom Wilson||9. Alex Black|
|8. Jason Hill||8. Vaka Manu|
|7. Struan Dewar||7. Struan Robertson C|
|6. Jack Turley C||6. Ruarish Leishman|
|5. Russell Nimmo||5. Ed Howgate|
|4. Ross Van Heerden||4. Colin McInally|
|3. Struan Cessford||3. Garry Mountford|
|2. Michael Liness||2. Cameron Fenton|
|1. Martin Bouab||1. Mark Hunter|