Friday, 11 January 2013

Hills v Ayr preview

There's no rest for the wicked, and after victories over Melrose last weekend in the RBS Premiership and then on Tuesday in a friendly against the Scotland under-20s, Ayr square up to Hillhead/Jordanhill in their postponed RBS West Regional Cup encounter.

Undefeated in the Cup and leading the Premiership, Ayr head to Hughenden under no illusion that this will be an easy run-out, especially as Hills had such a good win over Watsonians last week.

"We are not underestimating how difficult this match may be," says Ayr head coach Kenny Murray.  "We have three remaining Cup games and we will be looking to play with the same accuracy and intensity as we have been playing in the last few months."

"With players coming back from injury and competition increasing for a number of positions," he continues, "the Cup gives us a chance to try different combinations and give fringe players a chance."

The most notable inclusion in the this week's team is winger Kerr Gossman, who gets his first start in many months after recovering from a broken hand. 

Ross Doneghan starts at blindside flanker after an impressive performance against the Scotland under-20s.  Zimbabwean international Shingai Mpofu also had a good game on Tuesday evening and takes his place on the bench.

Team (subject to change on match day):

Grant Anderson, Craig Gossman, Ross Curle, Dean Kelbrick, Kerr Gossman; Finn Russell, Peter Jericevich; Byron Schmidt, Stuart Fenwick, Nick Cox; Colin White, Scott Sutherland; Ross Doneghan, Andrew Dunlop, Calum Forrester (capt).

Replacements: Hayden Wisnewski, D'arcy Rae, Shingai Mpofu, Murray McConnell, Robbie Fergusson.

Please note that kick-off is 2pm.

- Elena Hogarth

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