Friday, 7 October 2016

Ayr v Stirling County

It's back to the home comforts of Millbrae for Ayr on Saturday as they welcome Stirling County in round seven of the BT Premiership, kicking off at 3pm.

They have put last week's loss to Boroughmuir behind them and set their minds on retaining the Cairdeas Quaich, which the two clubs have played for over the course of the last two years.

"Last week was hugely disappointing," says Ayr head coach Calum Forrester, "but the players have reviewed the game and are looking forward to getting back into action against Stirling."

It's a slightly reshuffled squad, as Ross Curle returns at centre to partner Danny McCluskey, and Richard Dalgliesh starts on the wing.

D'arcy Rae has been released by Glasgow Warriors and makes up the front row with Steven Longwell and David Young, with prop George Hunter having a foray at flanker for the day.

New addition to the squad Ruaridh Mackenzie will possibly make his debut from the bench.

Robert McAlpine starts for Glasgow Warriors in their Guinness Pro12 match away to Zebre.

It's Oktoberfest on Saturday at Millbrae, with Bavarian-style guest beers from West and Drygate breweries in Glasgow, food, and live music in the clubhouse after 7pm.

15. Grant Anderson (c); 14. Richard Dalgliesh, 13. Danny McCluskey, 12. Ross Curle, 11. Craig Gossman; 10. Frazier Climo, 9. David Armstrong; 1. Steven Longwell, 2. David Young, 3. D'arcy Rae; 4. Craig Stevenson, 5. Scott Sutherland; 6. George Hunter, 7. Will Bordill, 8. Blair Macpherson.

16. Robbie Smith, 17. Ruaridh Mackenzie, 18. Gregor Henry, 19. Jamie Bova, 20. Stafford McDowall.

Stirling County
15. Jonny Hope (c); 14. Craig Pringle, 13. Jake Cresswell, 12. Fraser Lyle, 11. Bruce Sorbie; 10. Ross Jones, 9. Nemia Kenatale; 1. Colin Hutton, 2. Reyner Kennedy, 3. Adam Nicol; 4. Hamilton Burr, 5. Ruairidh Leishman; 6. Matt Emmison, 7. Shaun MacDonald, 8. Struan Robertson.

16. Mark Hunter, 17. TBC, 18. Harry Henderson, 19. Matt Donaldson, 20. Ryan Elliston.

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

Ayr-Wellington U18s v Stirling County U18s is at 2pm at Millbrae. Ayr 2nd XV v Hamilton 2nd XV kicks off at 3.30pm at Millbrae, and can be followed via the Ultimate Rugby app.

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