Phil’s comments on selection
Ali Johnstone gets his first league start at the expense of Michael Liness. Rhuaridh Leishman and Martin Hughes both start in a shaken up back five of the scrum, Callum Bell and Finlay Munro drop out.
Jack Blain returns and comes in at full back and Dougie Steele earns a starting slot for the first time this season.
Phil’s comments on match
The players have reflected honestly on a poor first half last weekend and recognise it simply wasn’t good enough. Ayr were as clinical as I have seen them and will undoubtedly be a force for any opposition. However, we also realise that we got within striking distance through some excellent attitude and application and will be aiming to carry this through to our trip to Bridgehaugh.
Eddie looks to have revitalised the club and has them playing top end rugby. We will aim to simply play at the levels we feel have put opposition teams under pressure and hope that this will be enough to gain the much wanted win.