Aberdeen Grammar head coach Kevin Wyness has urged his players not to be overawed tomorrow when they travel to play one of the most respected names in club rugby.
Wyness and his players face a tricky away match against Melrose, with the side from the Borders leading the way at the top of the Premiership, having won all but one of their league games.
Founded more than 125 years ago and credited with the invention of sevens rugby, Melrose have a history of producing world-class players, with present Scotland captain Kelly Brown and British Lions legend Jim Telfer among the club’s decorated alumni.
But Wyness believes tomorrow’s match will bring the best out of his players and hopes the inspirational venue will get his team back to winning ways.
He said: “Throughout my entire playing and coaching career the teams I’ve been involved with have always looked forward to visiting The Greenyards as it’s one of the most historic venues in Scottish club rugby.
“A number of the boys in the team have fond memories of the ground after doing well in the sevens tournament there last year and I’m sure it will inspire them to rise to the occasion come Saturday at 3pm.”
Wyness is again able to call on the services of Glasgow Warriors prop Gordon Reid, alongside fellow pro Byron McGuigan, who has also been released by the PRO12 side for inclusion in this weekend’s fixture.
Sam Bingham returns to the back row while Erlend Oag is also welcomed back into the starting 15. Harry Duthie will again start as captain, with Greig Ryan remaining on the sidelines through injury.
Wyness added: “We made it very difficult on ourselves last Saturday after squandering several chances and giving Heriot’s breathing space when they should have been out of it.
“Melrose will be a very hard side to get anything from.
“But I’m certain the team have that big performance in them as they relish the chance to take on a top of the table side.
“We need to stand up to be counted from the offset on Saturday.
“We respect every team in the Premiership regardless of league placing – but we fear nobody.”