Highland are peaking as they head for two hills

Highland head coach Davie Carson.

Highland head coach Davie Carson hopes his side is reaching peak form at the best possible time ahead of tomorrow’s National 3 trip to Hillhead- Jordanhill.

The Inverness outfit returned from the winter break in emphatic fashion, winning 39-5 at home to Murrayfield Wanderers last weekend to move five points clear in fourth place.

Highland’s season has taken time to flourish, with the Canal Park men suffering three straight defeats last October.

Carson feels the response of five successive victories shows his side is now firmly on track and he aims to extend that run when Highland take on the eight-placed Glasgow side tomorrow.

Carson said: “There were a few performances earlier in the season where the performance wasn’t really good.

“We had our wee dip but then we had the National League Cup win against Whitecraigs, which came after a couple of wins in the league, and we have really kicked on since then.

“We are playing a far better brand of rugby now. It has probably taken us long enough to get into the new system we practised in pre-season, although we are into it now.

“Any time we have injuries, the boys that are coming in are right up to speed.”

The Canal Park coach added: “It was a funny game when we played Hillhead-Jordanhill at home in September. We were 40-5 up at half-time but the final result was 50-33.

“It shows they do not give up. It is going to be tough as it is a home game for them but I will be disappointed if we don’t come back with five points.”

Carson, who will be without the unavailable Stevie Murray, feels last week’s display against Murrayfield was the benchmark his side must aim to replicate, adding: “It was probably our best performance of the season, against a really good side.

“They had only lost two games – one down there against us and one other game.

“You never know what’s going to happen after being away so long. But we have been practising long enough, and training hard enough right through, and it certainly showed.

“Particularly in the last 20 minutes, the guys kept going and ran four or five tries in the second half.”