Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Hallowe'en Party on Fri 31st October

Our annual Hallowe'en Party takes place on the night itself, Friday 31st October, at 7pm at Millbrae.  Tickets are £5 and include a buffet, party games, best home-made fancy dress competition and the fantastic Stefan Janik as DJ for the night. 
Everyone of all ages welcome!
Tickets are available from Gordon Kotze (tel: 07774739797), behind the bar in the clubhouse and our online shop or you can message our Facebook page.


Johnston and Lowe in U20s training camp

Ayr youngsters Ben Johnston and Gavin Lowe have been named amongst the forty-four players taking part in the Scotland under-20s training camp at BT Murrayfield in two weeks' time.

Johnston joined Ayr from Marr over the summer, whilst Lowe, a seasoned campaigner with the Scottish age grades, returned to Millbrae after a brief spell with Glasgow Hawks.

Read the full story here.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Player of the month poll for Aug/Sep now open

After five matches in the BT Premiership, our online poll to decide the player of the month is now open!

There is a very long list to choose from, as the first XV has been affected by numerous injuries.  Only those who have been in two or more match day squads are included.

The poll closes on Wednesday morning at 9am and the result will be announced via our website, Twitter and Facebook pages soon after.

Vote here.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Ayr 23 Edinburgh Accies 17

A large crowd gathered at Millbrae to celebrate fifty years since the first fixture was played there and to watch Ayr overcome a stubborn Edinburgh Accies in round five of the BT Premiership.

Ayr went into this clash with a raft of injuries and when Calum Forrester and Glen Tippett turned up in boots and pink and black socks, it looked like they might have had to come out of retirement to provide some cover.

Their experience would have been appreciated on the pitch for the first sixty minutes as Ayr struggled somewhat to stamp their authority on the match.  They took the lead at seven minutes when Accies were penalised for not rolling away and stand-off Sylvain Diez duly took the kick.  3-0.

However, it wasn't the start of a flood of points as Accies kept turning the ball over just when Ayr were putting together some good moves.  There was early danger as Accies kicked a turnover ball up the wing and it bobbled over the tryline.  Fortunately, winger Richard Dalgleish got to it before anyone in a blue and white shirt.
Scrum-half David Armstrong was making metres, as well as having impressed early on with a beauty of a catch in the air, and flanker Graham Fisken was blasting around the pitch, but it was all a bit laborious elsewhere.
Glasgow Warriors released hooker Dougie Hall for the day as he makes a comeback from injury and he proved himself very useful, charging down an Accies kick which ended up in the hands of second row Scott Sutherland but he was well bundled up as he made for the tryline.
There was some petty shirt-grabbing between Ayr prop George Hunter and Accies outside centre Ewen Campbell, but it was a professional foul that had referee Graeme Wells blow the whistle sharpish and whip out a yellow card for Accies second row Edward Stuart. 
Seconds after the sin-binning, number eight Blair Macpherson picked up from the back of the scrum, bounded to the line and leapt over for the first try.  Diez's conversion attempt was unsuccessful.  8-0.
After some messing about on the wing, with wild passes and ineffectual kicks from both sides, Accies slowly but surely made their way into Ayr's half only to get on the wrong side of the referee and cede control.
The home team, though, couldn't do anything with the ball; winger Cammy Taylor was unable to take a pass and felled team manager Dougie Stanley on the sidelines instead.  Taylor made up for it, scampering back to haul opposite number Sam Pecqueur to the ground when it looked like the nippy winger was away.
Accies wouldn't go away and at thirty-one minutes, second row Greg Campbell sprung over for a try.  Unfortunately, Ruairidh Young's conversion kick went in the direction of the Burns Museum instead of the Burns Monument.  8-5.

Pecqueur was threatening again but Taylor was sticking to him like a limpet and the referee soon brought the sluggish first half to an end.

Accies flew out of the blocks at the start of the second half, number eight Ronan Seydak scoring a try with barely a minute on the clock.  Young's conversion was short.  8-10.

Hall, Taylor, centre Dean Kelbrick and full-back Grant Anderson were making inroads but sloppy errors marred their efforts and the whole thing had a lacklustre feeling to it.  Accies were still managing to turn over far too much Ayr ball, although they slipped up and gave Diez another penalty kick, which he missed.

The next fifteen minutes were very up and down for the visitors, as their line-out throws went astray and they were pinged for not rolling away.  But they plugged away and scrum-half Ryan Godsmark danced his way over for a try at sixty-three minutes.  Young got the conversion.  8-17.
This, at last, seemed to waken up the home team and Anderson set off on one of his trademark runs, where no matter how many tacklers are clinging on, he always muscles his way up the park.  Taylor, too, dodged his way round the defenders before the referee was searching for a yellow card again.  This time it was winger Jack Marples who was sent to the naughty step.

A minute later and Macpherson was repeating his feat from the first half, this time diving in at the base of the posts for a much-needed try.  Replacement Tom Hiddleston easily converted.  15-17.

Kelbrick got stuck into some gymnastic defensive efforts and Armstrong and replacement prop Stuart Fenwick got things moving before Anderson found the ball in his hands and rocketed up the wing for a try.  Hiddleston just missed the conversion.  20-17.
Replacement hooker Fergus Scott was clearly taking notes from Armstrong as he took a high ball superbly and allowed his team-mates to make ground.  A few phases later and flanker Ben Johnston, on his first XV debut, burst through the Accies defence with replacement stand-off Danny McCluskey in support. 

He couldn't make it to the line but Accies had infringed and Hiddleston stepped up to hammer over the penalty.  23-17.

There was one last effort from Accies, with hooker David Bates almost making it to the line but the ball was knocked on and the Millbrae faithful breathed a sigh of relief as the whistle went for full-time.

Final score: Ayr 23 Edinburgh Accies 17.

- Elena Hogarth.

Photos by George McMillan.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Golf Day at sunny Turnberry

Ayr RFC descended on Turnberry's Kintyre course on Sunday for their annual golf day and raised £500 for the club in the process.

Adam McDonald, Ben Paterson, Nigel Howard and Barry McDonald made up the victorious team with Calum Forrester, George Braid, Blake Braid and Scott McLaws the runners-up.
There were prizes for the longest drives, sponsored by the Famous Grouse, for Danny McCluskey on the first hole and Tom Hiddleston on the eighteenth.
Scott McLaws and Ben Paterson claimed the closest-to-the-pin prizes on the sixth and sixteenth respectively, with prizes provided by the Meridian and Deli Ginger.

Kind thanks to all the sponsors, those who donated raffle prizes, Turnberry Golf Club and the Balgarth Pines in Ayr who provided the post-competition meal.

Ayr v Edinburgh Accies preview

Saturday marks fifty years to the day since the first match was played at Millbrae and Ayr will be hoping their BT Premiership fixture with Edinburgh Accies will continue the fine tradition of exciting rugby at the home of the men in pink and black.

After a six-try victory away to Stirling County last weekend for the home team and a very narrow loss to Heriot's for the visitors, it could very well be a lively contest. 

"Last week, we played some of our best attacking rugby so far this season," says Ayr head coach Calum Forrester.  "But we are still conceding too many points and we know that we will have to improve our defensive display against Accies."

It won't be an easy task with twenty players in the senior squad out injured.  However, the first and second XVs, as well as Millbrae RFC, are all still able to field teams this weekend.

Glasgow Warriors have released Connor Braid and Dougie Hall to play at outside centre and hooker respectively.  Braid takes last week's hat-trick hero Richard Dalgleish's place and he moves to the wing to take over from an injured Kerr Gossman.

Ben Johnston gets his first start at openside flanker and Graham Williamson partners Scott Sutherland in the second row.  Sylvain Diez was a late call-up last weekend and keeps the stand-off berth.


15. Grant Anderson, 14. Cameron Taylor, 13. Connor Braid, 12. Dean Kelbrick (capt), 11. Richard Dalgleish; 10. Sylvain Diez, 9. David Armstrong; 1. George Hunter, 2. Dougie Hall, 3. Fraser Watt; 4. Graham Williamson, 5. Scott Sutherland; 6. Graham Fisken, 7. Ben Johnston, 8. Blair Macpherson.


16. Fergus Scott, 17. Stuart Fenwick, 18. David Young, 19. Danny McCluskey, 20. Tom Hiddleston.

Kick-off 3pm!

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Ayr players in big win for Glasgow Warriors 'A'

Glasgow Warriors 'A' team recorded a resounding 30-5 victory over their Edinburgh counterparts at Bridgehaugh yesterday, and there were a few Millbrae men past and present who played their part.

Finn Russell, Murray McConnell and Fergus Scott started, with McConnell scoring the opening try and Russell on kicking duty.  James Malcolm, George Hunter, Blair Macpherson and Danny McCluskey came off the bench.

There are more 'A' team matches planned for the season.

Read the full story here.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Ayr players in Glasgow Warriors 'A' squad

There are many faces familiar to Ayr fans in the squad for the Glasgow Warriors 'A' side which takes on their Edinburgh counterparts tomorrow evening at Bridgehaugh.

Finn Russell and Murray McConnell are paired at half-back as they have been several times over the last couple of seasons for Ayr, with current Millbrae men Fergus Scott and Will Bordill starting at hooker and openside flanker respectively.

James Malcolm, George Hunter, Blair Macpherson and Danny McCluskey are named amongst a large number of replacements.

The match at Stirling County's ground kicks off at 5pm and entry is free.

Read the full story here.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Stirling County v Ayr preview

Ayr head to Bridgehaugh to take on Stirling County as both teams jostle for points and position in the already fiercely contested BT Premiership.  They will also be competing for the Cairdeas Quaich, courtesy of United Auctions, County's main sponsor and a long-time supporter of Scottish club rugby.

Still smarting after last week's defeat to Hawick, Ayr will be looking to raise their game.

"It was very disappointing to lose at home last week and we know that we cannot afford to make the same errors against Stirling," says Ayr head coach Calum Forrester.

The hosts will also be more than keen to get a win after their heavy loss to Heriot's, and Forrester is all too aware of the threat they pose at home.

"Bridgehaugh has always been a difficult place for Ayr to go and we expect the same again this weekend as both teams look to get back to winning ways."

With injuries piling up, there are yet more changes to the squad.  Rob McAlpine and Callum Templeton both left the field hurt last Saturday and are replaced in the starting line-up by Andrew Dunlop and Graham Fisken respectively.  Richard Dalgleish makes a welcome return to the first XV at outside centre.

The bench has been rearranged too, with James Malcolm and George Hunter resuming their places amongst the replacements and Ben Johnston making his debut in the match-day twenty.


15. Grant Anderson, 14. Cammy Taylor, 13. Richard Dalgleish, 12. Dean Kelbrick (capt), 11. Kerr Gossman; 10. Danny McCluskey, 9. David Armstrong; 1. Nick Cox, 2. Stuart Fenwick, 3. Fraser Watt; 4. Andrew Dunlop, 5. Scott Sutherland; 6. Graham Fisken, 7. Will Bordill, 8. Blair Macpherson.


16. James Malcolm, 17. George Hunter, 18. David Young, 19. Ben Johnston, 20. Sylvain Diez.

Kick-off 3pm.

Calum Forrester to help coach Glasgow Warriors 'A'

Calum Forrester will assist former Ayr head coach Kenny Murray as Glasgow Warriors 'A' team prepare to face their Edinburgh counterparts at Bridgehaugh on Monday.

The team will be a mixture of players returning from injury, EDPs and players from the Warriors' drafted clubs of Ayr, Glasgow Hawks, Stirling County and Currie.

The match kicks off at 5pm at Stirling County's ground and entry is free. 

Read the full story here.

Ayr Ladies duck race a success

If it wasn't a great day on the pitch on Saturday, Ayr Ladies certainly made it a fun afternoon elsewhere as they hosted their first annual duck race to raise funds for the women's section at the club, and tempted Scotland international and British and Irish Lion Sean Maitland to get involved.

The Ladies were on hand at Millbrae all afternoon to sell home baking before clambering into the river to set the ducks free.  The winners were John Dunlop, Robert White and Robert Fergusson.

You can watch a short video of the day here.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

New silverware up for grabs on Saturday

When Ayr and Stirling County take to the field at Bridgehaugh on Saturday, there will be more than points and league position at stake as they compete for the Càirdeas Quaich for the first time.

The Quaich has been provided by United Auctions, the new main sponsor of Stirling County and celebrates the fierce on-field rivalry between County and Ayr, which is reflected in its name - càirdeas means 'friendly relation' Gaelic.
Neil McLean, Group Joint Managing Director of UA, said: “With our strong links to both Stirling and Ayr rugby clubs, we wanted to mark the positive nature of sporting competition in a special way and the Càirdeas Quaich fits the bill perfectly.”

Kevin Robertson, President of Stirling County said: “The generous introduction by UA of this new Càirdeas Quaich is an added incentive for the players of both teams to secure a victory on Saturday. Ayr and County are old friends and rivals, and matches between our two clubs are always keenly contested.  With both teams challenging in an increasingly competitive BT Premiership, I am sure Saturday’s encounter will live up to all expectations.”

Billy McHarg, Ayr RFC President, said: “We’re really grateful for the continuing support from UA and welcome this new trophy to be contested at each league game between Ayr and Stirling County.  It’s a positive move to promote both clubs in working closer together and a great way to demonstrate just how much the farming community supports Scottish club rugby.”

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Ayr 26 Hawick 27

There was a thrilling finish to Ayr's up-and-down match against a buoyant Hawick at a sunny and warm Millbrae, but the men in pink and black were beaten by the clock as well as the tough Borderers.

The day's proceedings began with both the first and second XVs lined up to join the crowd in applauding the life of Ayr RFC stalwart Ian 'Yogi' Hay, who recently passed away.

The match then got off to a rather shaky start as Ayr's kick-off failed to go beyond ten metres.  Hawick had some trouble with their line-out and in the process of trying to poach the ball, Ayr second row Rob McAlpine landed awkwardly and had to be helped from the field.

It looked like Ayr would be first on the scoreboard after the ball was swiftly moved into the hands of winger Kerr Gossman, but his chip ahead went too far and he almost launched himself into the hedge at the end of the pitch trying to chase it.

Hawick's line-out troubles continued as Ayr managed to steal the ball twice in quick succession.  Number eight Blair Macpherson and McAlpine's replacement Andrew Dunlop were on the charge, tidying up loose ball and blasting their way through tackles.

It was getting a bit ragged and breathless and it was Hawick who looked like they couldn't cope, knocking on and falling foul of the referee at the scrum.  But flanker Rory Scott stayed calm and galloped off before being halt by a thumping double tackle from Ayr prop Nick Cox and Macpherson.

The first ten minutes seemed to last for ever with neither team getting anywhere.  It was Ayr who slipped up and gave a penalty away in a kickable position, which outside centre Lee Armstrong booted between the uprights.  0-3.

Back and forth the possession went until Hawick collected a kick and lobbed a very casual pass in their own half only for Ayr's Cammy Taylor to fly on to it and race away for a try at fourteen minutes.  Canadian centre Connor Braid's conversion attempt was very high but unsuccessful.  5-3.

Hawick gave themselves a shake after that and lively flanker Garry Lowrie and nippy scrum-half Greg Cottrell were soon appearing all over the place.  It was another penalty against Ayr that gave them the chance at more points, but Armstrong missed the kick.

The visitors pressed on and despite the best defensive efforts of Gossman and flankers Callum Templeton and Will Bordill, stand-off Rory Hutton dived over for a try at twenty-one minutes.  Armstrong converted.  5-10.

Hawick's tails were up and Ayr struggled to contain Lowrie, second row Michael McKee and winger Scott McLeod.  The home side had their chances but things weren't clicking and with Hawick having sorted out their line-out, Hutton again found himself crossing for a try at thirty-one minutes.  Armstrong missed the conversion.  5-15.

Two minutes later and Ayr had a penalty, but Braid couldn't manage it. 

It looked like Ayr were making a bit of progress, even if Dunlop was having to tidy up a messy line-out, but an errant pass was shot on to by Hawick centre Joaquin Domingues and nobody could stop him sprinting under the posts.  Armstrong converted.  5-22.

The scoreline had almost silenced the crowd but the players didn't look panicked.  Second row Scott Sutherland was the proverbial tower of strength at the line-out and he and Cox led the drives but again they got nowhere.

Hawick perhaps got a bit over-excited with half-time looming and hirsute number eight Bruce McNeil made himself as popular as a wasp at a picnic with his abrasive antics and colourful language.  After the referee had had a good chat to his assistant, McNeil found himself sent to the sin bin to cool down.

The second half began slowly for Ayr, despite Braid and prop Fraser Watt trying to get things moving.  Scrum-half Murray McConnell, centre Dean Kelbrick and Macpherson tried to take advantage of Hawick's errors but it wasn't until the visitors repeatedly infringed at the scrum that Ayr were awarded a penalty try at fifty minutes.  Braid got the conversion.  12-22.

Hawick had their eye on stretching their lead and it was Hutton again who propelled his team on with some jinky runs.  It was Armstrong, though, who caught a neat cross-kick and dotted down for a try in the corner.  The angle was too wide for him to convert.  12- 27.

Ayr were making a solid effort but the tryline remained illusive.  Macpherson, Anderson and Templeton pushed play into Hawick's half but the good work was undone when they were penalised for holding on. 

Replacement scrum-half David Armstrong was in about everything and some great interplay between Gossman, Kelbrick and Anderson woke the crowd up, but Hawick weren't letting Ayr make much progress.

An attempt to bundle replacement Stuart Fenwick over the line was deemed illegal by the referee and another go a few minutes later was snuffed out entirely by excellent Hawick defence.

The notoriously temperamental Millbrae clock was accurate for once and time was running out.  Ayr stayed calm and, roared on by their faithful fans, they won their line-out, fired the ball through the hands of the backs until it found Gossman and he skipped over for a much-needed try.  Braid was quick about converting.  19-27.

Was a great escape possible?  Ayr and their fans always believe, and it seemed that Hawick were doubting themselves.  They sent the restart straight out.  They then gathered up a loose Ayr pass only to knock-on.

With a minute left, Anderson shot off, muscling his way through the defence to allow Bordill to score his first try in the pink and black shirt and send the crowd into raptures.  Braid drop-kicked the conversion.  26-27.

Everyone raced back for the restart but it was too late as a final infringement from Ayr led to the referee blowing the whistle for full-time to give Hawick a well-earned away victory and let them take the Bill McLaren Shield back to Mansfield Park.

Final score: Ayr 26 Hawick 27.

- Elena Hogarth.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Dean Kelbrick in today's Scotsman

Ayr captain Dean Kelbrick talks to Gary Heatly in the sports section of today's Scotsman.  Dean discusses the good start to the season and working with the new coaching team at Millbrae.

Read the full article here.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Ayr v Hawick preview

Ayr welcome Hawick to Millbrae tomorrow in the third BT Premiership fixture of the season.  After two narrow wins for Ayr and two equally narrow defeats for Hawick, both sides will be looking to stretch their legs and get some points on the scoreboard.

It's also the first defence of the season of the Bill McLaren Shield for Ayr.

"It is great for us to be returning to Millbrae following our victory at Hawks last weekend with the Shield and this weekend's visitors make our defence of the trophy all the more special," says Ayr head coach Calum Forrester.  "We expect another tough encounter this Saturday."

Although the forwards have a fairly settled look to them, there are some changes in the backs due to injuries sustained by Craig Gossman, Ross Curle and Gavin Lowe.  However, it gives recent Glasgow Warriors signing Connor Braid a run-out in the pink and black.  The twenty-four-year-old Canadian has twelve fifteen-a-side caps for his country, as well as having represented them at the Commonwealth Games sevens tournament in Glasgow in July.

Braid's fellow Warrior Murray McConnell starts at scrum-half with Danny McCluskey moving to stand-off to make way for Braid at outside centre.

On the bench, there's a mix of youth and experience as Stuart Fenwick, Andrew Dunlop and Sylvain Diez take their places alongside Fergus Scott and David Armstrong.  Glasgow Warriors EDP James Malcolm makes his first start at hooker.


15. Grant Anderson, 14. Cammy Taylor, 13. Connor Braid, 12. Dean Kelbrick (capt), 11. Kerr Gossman; 10. Danny McCluskey, 9. Murray McConnell; 1. Nick Cox, 2. James Malcolm, 3. Fraser Watt; 4. Robert McAlpine, 5. Scott Sutherland; 6. Callum Templeton, 7. Will Bordill, 8. Blair Macpherson.

16. Fergus Scott, 17. Stuart Fenwick, 18. Andrew Dunlop, 19. David Armstrong, 20. Sylvain Diez.


15. Scott Peffers, 14. Nikki Walker, 13. Joaquin Domingues, 12. Lee Armstrong, 11. Scott McLeod; 10. Rory Hutton, 9. Greg Cottrell; 1. Shawn Muir, 2. Ross Graham, 3. Mathew Landels; 4. Michael McKee, 5. Finlay Simpson; 6. Garry Lowrie, 7. Rory Scott, 8. Bruce McNeil.

16. Lindsey Gibson, 17. Nicholas McLennan, 18. Stuart Graham, 19. Keith Davies, 20. Sean Goodfellow.

Kick-off 3pm!

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Obituary: Ian 'Yogi' Hay

It is with sadness that we report the passing of former Ayr first XV captain Ian 'Yogi' Hay.

Ian, who got his nickname from his bear-like stature, captained the men in pink and black from 1967 to 1968, and played well into his late thirties before founding what is now Millbrae RFC, Ayr's defacto third XV which operates as its own club.

A primary school teacher in Patna and latterly the headmaster of Heathfield Primary School, Ian wrote the Ayr RFC centenary celebration book and was made a life member of the club.

To acknowledge his contribution to the club and mark his life, there will be a one-minute 'celebration' at Saturday's home game against Hawick as an alternative to the usual one-minute silence.  The players will also be wearing black arm bands.

Ian's funeral will take place tomorrow (Friday 12th September), 3.30pm at Ayr Crematorium.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Ayr Ladies duck race on Saturday

Ayr Ladies are always looking for different ways to raise funds and they are hosting a duck race this Saturday after the men's first XV have played Hawick at Millbrae.

Ducks are £5 each to buy, and first, second and third place prizes are £150, £100 and £50 respectively.  You can buy a duck either on the day or by contacting Ayr Ladies on Facebook.

The race will take place at 5pm at the river next to Millbrae and there will also be a bake sale beforehand. 

Calum Forrester in today's Herald

Head coach Calum Forrester talks to Neil Drysdale in today's sport section of the Herald.  Calum discusses his first couple of games in charge and having former team-mates Scott Forrest and Glen Tippett on the coaching team.

Read the online edition here.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Glasgow Hawks v Ayr preview

Ayr have their first away match in the BT Premiership tomorrow, as they take on Glasgow Hawks at Balgray, the Kelvinside Academy playing fields. 

It was a bruising encounter against Gala last week and there will be no let-up as the men in pink and black face their west coast rivals who will be feeling confident after an away win over Heriot's in their first game of the new season.  Ayr head coach Calum Forrester is looking forward to it.

"It's great to have a derby match so early in the season, especially with both teams winning their opening league matches."

Although it was encouraging to come through such a tough fixture against the Maroons last week, Forrester knows Ayr will have to work just as hard to overcome Hawks on their home patch. 

"It was disappointing to concede as many points as we did last weekend and we cannot afford to do the same against this Hawks side."

There are a few changes to this week's squad, as Ross Curle and Craig Gossman were both injured last Saturday and Glasgow Warriors have released some players for the day.

The experienced Cammy Taylor comes in at wing to replace Gossman, who dislocated his elbow against Gala, and Danny McCluskey moves to outside centre to cover for Curle.  Gavin Lowe takes McCluskey's fly-half berth against Hawks, whom he spent most of last season playing for.

Warrior Will Bordill takes his place on the openside flank, with Andrew Dunlop moving to the bench.  Bordill's Glasgow teammates George Hunter and Murray McConnell are included amongst the replacements.


15. Grant Anderson, 14. Cammy Taylor, 13. Danny McCluskey, 12. Dean Kelbrick (capt), 11. Kerr Gossman; 10. Gavin Lowe, 9. David Armstrong; 1. Nick Cox, 2. Fergus Scott, 3. Fraser Watt; 4. Robert McAlpine, 5. Scott Sutherland; 6. Callum Templeton, 7. Will Bordill, 8. Blair Macpherson.

16. James Malcolm, 17. George Hunter, 18. Andrew Dunlop, 19. Graham Fisken, 20. Murray McConnell.

Glasgow Hawks:

15. Robbie Houliston, 14. Haddon McPherson, 13. Tom Steven, 12. Davie Milne, 11. Erland Oag; 10. George Horne, 9. Paddy Boyer; 1. Gary Strain, 2. Jack McFarlane, 3. Brendan Cullinane; 4. Andy Linton, 5. Sam Thomson; 6. Andy Kirkland, 7. Finn Gillies, 8. Kenny Beattie.

16. Grant Stewart, 17. Steven Findlay, 18. Tommy Spinks, 19. Craig Brodie, 20. Neil Heron.

Kick-off 3pm. 

Please note that although the 1st XV match is at Balgray, the 2nd XV encounter is still at Old Anniesland.