Phil’s comments on selection
Tom Wilson and Robbie Mulvena return to the back division, which sees Robert Kay drop to the bench and Alex Hagart drop out. Ross Jones moves to outside centre, Donald Crawford moves full back and Craig Robertson reclaims a starting berth on the wing. In the pack the only change sees Jack Turley move to middle row and Martin Hughes taking the No.8 jersey, this means Adam Sinclair will start on the bench.
Phil’s comments on the match
While the initial reaction post-match last week was disappointment and a feeling off completely underperforming, the reality was that a few individual errors gave Ayr a foothold early in the game that we just couldn’t wrestle back. Though it should be noted that Ayr were clinical when these chances arose.
The challenge of the league leaders arriving at Goldenacre and defending the Bill McLaren Shield means there is no time to feel sorry for ourselves and the boys have responded well to this at training this week, with ownership being a key word all week.
Melrose come to us in the rudest of health and should be applauded for such an impressive start to a season where all the other teams are taking points of each other. It is clear they have struck a balance of power and ambition into their game, but the most impressive area has been how clinical they have been at the correct moments.
The challenge for us is to put all our good bits together and maintain them for the full game, I am sure there will be lots of attack so it promises to be another cracker.