Friday, 29 November 2013

Ayr v Heriot's preview

Ayr are at home again this week and welcome Heriot's to Millbrae for another vital match in the RBS Premiership.  The disappointment from last Saturday's loss to Gala has been dealt with and attention now turns to putting in a strong performance against the Goldenacre side who are one place above Ayr in the table.

"We're into the business end of the league campaign now and each result becomes crucial right across the league," says Ayr head coach Peter Laverie.  "A good win keeps Ayr in contention."

Laverie will be trying to get the inside scoop on Heriot's on the morning of the match when he gives their head coach Phil Smith a lift down to Millbrae.

"I may be tempted to throw him out on the Fenwick Moor, which would be a popular move even with his own players, but we will have a good chat about attacking rugby since both our teams like to play that way and I doubt the spectators will be disappointed this week."

Laverie has rotated the front row again this week, with Scotland under-20s prop D'arcy Rae taking the tighthead berth with Nick Cox at loosehead with Fergus Scott at hooker.

In the backs, Finn Russell returns after his starting debut for Glasgow Warriors last week, meaning Ross Curle moves to outside centre and Robbie Fergusson shuffles over to the inside spot.


15. Grant Anderson (capt.), 14. Craig Gossman, 13. Ross Curle, 12. Robbie Fergusson, 11. Kerr Gossman; 10. Finn Russell, 9. Murray McConnell; 1. Nick Cox, 2. Fergus Scott, 3. D'arcy Rae; 4. Peter McCallum, 5. Scott Sutherland; 6. Callum Templeton, 7. Andrew Dunlop, 8. Graham Fisken.


16. David Young, 17. George Hunter, 18. Graham Williamson, 19. Peter Jericevich, 20. Richard Dalgleish.

Kick-off 3pm.

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