EDINBURGH Accies are standing by the team which went down 22-11 at leaders Ayr for a home clash with Aberdeen tomorrow which can preserve their Premiership rugby status.
While a top-four slot and a British and Irish Cup place are very much within Accies’ grasp, such is the competitive nature of things that relegation remains a possibility and avoiding the drop is coach Simon Cross’s priority.
Announcing an unchanged line-up, Cross said: “Two incredibly tough tests over the past couple of weeks have geared us for this winner-stays-up clash. The win in Melrose provided real confidence and if we had managed to breach the Ayr defence at 11-15 things could have been very different.”
Sitting on a bench full of quality will be ex-Under-20 cap Tom Drennan as well as former Edinburgh pro Alex Blair, while Russell Laughland is among Accies’ standbys for the first time. It’s Currie’s turn to visit Ayr and their prospects are helped by Edinburgh releasing stand-off Gregor Hunter in a move that allows Jamie Forbes to revert to full back.
Coach Ally Donaldson, who leaves a vacancy at hooker, says: “An away trip to the top of the league team who have to win their last two matches for the title is a daunting challenge.
“Ayr have strength throughout and are not top by accident.
“We will need to rectify some of the needless errors from last week [when losing at home to Stirling] to even be competitive.”
At Goldenacre, bottom placed Boroughmuir will be battling for survival against Heriot’s with a team showing only one change with prop Kian Coertze taking over from Jonny Latta.
Heriot’s have sevens cap Mike Maltman in their line-up for the first time this season in a move that sees Fraser Brown move to open side flanker.
National league Watsonians hope to arrest a five-match losing streak at home to Kelso in a match kicking off at 2pm.