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THE strange look to the Scottish club season this year might have knocked the cup semi-finals out of synch, but that does nothing to lessen the importance of today's meeting between Boroughmuir and Ayr at Meggetland.
As ALL cup semi-finals should, this match had passion and desire by the bucketload, plus two controversial incidents which decided the outcome of a pulsating encounter.
Malcolm Clapperton took a verbal pot-shot at referee Andy Macpherson after his Boroughmuir side suffered a frustrating 25-21 Scottish Cup semi-final defeat by holders Ayr at Meggetland.
Boroughmuir have hit back at criticism of their Meggetland facilities, claiming the stage is ideally set for a Scottish rugby cup semi-final cracker against holders Ayr tomorrow.
Boroughmuir scrum half Sam Johnson has received a boost ahead of Saturday's Scottish Cup semi-final against Ayr at Meggetland with selection for a forthcoming British police rugby tour of South Africa.
Boroughmuir are being urged to remain focused on tomorrow's Premiership clash with Currie at Meggetland and not let minds stray to next week's all-important home semi-final with Ayr in the Scottish Cup.
Venue: Meggetland. Key clash: Derek O'Riordan v CJ Osazuwa.
THE Boroughmuir match programme displayed welcome perspicacity in confidently predicting an entertaining game with plenty of tries. Indeed, if games with nothing at stake, as this was, all produce similar levels of expansive endeavour, perhaps there should be more of them.
Former Edinburgh hooker Sean Crombie has given Boroughmuir a boost ahead of tomorrow's Scottish Cup quarter-final against Dundee at Meggetland (12 noon) by committing his future to the club.
BOB McKILLOP is preparing for a league swansong as Heriot's head coach when the Goldenacre club visit Boroughmuir in Premiership A tomorrow.
Boroughmuir's players kept alive their hopes of ending the campaign with silverware in the cabinet when they booked their place in the Premier Cup quarter finals after seeing off Peebles 37-6 in their Pool H tie.
Craig CHALMERS will have his hat in the ring when the vacant Edinburgh Rugby coaching position is filled permanently at the end of this season.
Boroughmuir are pinning their hopes on full back prospect Harris Jones recovering from illness to help them try to bring down Premiership A leaders Melrose at Meggetland tomorrow.
A YOUNG Boroughmuir prop has been tipped for the top as he prepares to run out for Scotland under-20s against France counterparts in Caen tonight.
LACKING their hosts' recent game time and consequent match sharpness, Muir still managed to make life difficult for Ayr, before pressure told in the final quarter as the home side bagged a bonus point-win.
Boroughmuir returned empty handed from their trip to face Ayr on Premier A duty but, despite a 31-20 defeat, the Meggetland men will have taken heart from a performance brimming with character that augurs well for their cup challenge.
Boroughmuir prop Johnny Latta believes the winter freeze may prove to be a blessing in disguise as he bids to stake a claim for a regular starting berth in the Meggetland front row.
Boroughmuir's slim hopes of mounting a challenge for the Premiership title suffered a further blow when the Meggetland men succumbed 37-10 to high-flying Glasgow Hawks under the lights at Anniesland last night.