Friday, 23 January 2015

Currie v Ayr preview

Ayr head to Malleny Park tomorrow to take on Currie and try to restore some confidence in their BT Premiership campaign after two disappointing results in recent weeks.

"Our failure to convert our chances and poor discipline have cost us dearly in the last couple of matches," states Ayr head coach Calum Forrester.

"We will need to be at the top of our game tomorrow, as we look to get our season back on track," he continues.  "Currie have been playing well recently and we expect another physical encounter against them this weekend as they look to push into the top four."

It will be a tough match as Currie always play fiercely on home turf, and the men in pink and black will be up against a couple of Glasgow Warriors and internationalists in centre James Downey (capped for Ireland) and lock Tom Ryder (capped for Scotland).

There's a bit of reshuffling in the Ayr squad, with Ross Curle moving from outside centre to stand-off and Murray McConnell taking over at scrum-half from David Armstrong, who moves to the bench.  In the forwards, Will Bordill comes in for Andrew Dunlop at openside flanker.

15. Grant Anderson; 14. Richard Dalgleish, 13. Robbie Fergusson, 12. Dean Kelbrick (capt), 11. Craig Gossman; 10. Ross Curle, 9. Murray McConnell; 1. George Hunter, 2. Fergus Scott, 3. Fraser Watt; 4. Robert McAlpine, 5. Scott Sutherland; 6. Callum Templeton, 7. Will Bordill, 8. Graham Fisken.

16. James Malcolm, 17. Stuart Fenwick, 18. Blair Macpherson, 19. David Armstrong, 20. Danny McCluskey.

15. Harvey Elms; 14. Robbie Nairn, 13. Joe Reynolds, 12. James Downey, 11. Ruaridh Smith; 10. James Semple, 9. Richard Sneddon; 1. John Cox, 2. Matt Goodwin, 3. Graeme Carson; 4. Romain Denonain, 5. Tom Ryder; 6. Travis Brooke, 7. Malcolm Peacock, 8. Ross Weston (capt).

16. Alistair Hamilton, 17. Mike Erskine, 18. Jamie Gray, 19. Mike Vernal, 20. Matt McPhillips.

Kick-off 3pm!  Follow the scores live on Twitter.

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