Phil’s comments on selection
Once again, a full squad to pick from. Michael Liness, Callum Marshall, Jack McClean, Struan Dewar return to the starting pack while Andrew Simmers, Stuart Edwards and Charlie Simpson return in the backs, Jack Blain moves to the wing.
Phil’s comments on match
The aim at the start of the season was to give us a chance to win the last Scottish Championship as we know it. Finishing 2nd was a bonus and the semi-final win means we have the opportunity to fulfil our aim, though travelling to Ayr to achieve this is without doubt the most difficult route to take.
The squad are playing well and are very focused on what we have to do to give us a chance of the win. Our two league fixtures are long in the memory now, and while we won the most recent fixture at Millbrae, we are fully aware that we are playing a team very much on the rise after two strong wins against reigning champions Melrose. However, our commanding performance in the semi-final win over Currie means we also feel we are raising our performance levels at the right time and this should see the top two teams in the country showcasing the Premiership.
Finally, our last play-off fixture against Ayr was 3 years ago in the grand final at Millbrae. This was a great occasion, with the sun shining, a big crowd and an exciting 8 try thriller, a real celebration of the club game. Let’s hope these 2 squads can bring something close to this again, and hopefully the same outcome, obviously.