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Highland boss Carson wants to pile pressure on leaders Biggar

Highland head coach Davie Carson.
Highland head coach Davie Carson.

Highland head coach Davie Carson aims to keep National 1 leaders Biggar on their toes throughout the end-of- season run-in.

The Inverness outfit are five points behind Biggar, albeit having played a game more, ahead of their first game of 2020 away to Heriot’s Blues tomorrow.

Carson previously said the title is Biggar’s to lose following the Lanarkshire outfit’s 31-0 home victory over his side last month.

However, the pacesetters were held to a 22-22 draw at home to Gala in their last game before the winter break.

Carson hopes a strong finish to the campaign can keep his side in the mix as he said: “We will still go out to win every game, and it’s up to them how they react to the draw at Gala. That was a surprising result, especially given the way they dealt with us a couple of weeks before.

“Sometimes teams get off days and things don’t go right. We will just keep pushing.

“If we don’t catch Biggar there is still the prize of second place which would be a fantastic achievement for us in our first year up.

“We are not just going to finish games off, we want to go out and finish the season in a good way and get ourselves launched for next season as well.”

Tomorrow’s opponents Heriot’s are keeping up the pressure on Highland, who they are only two points behind, and they remain the only side to have triumphed at Canal Park this season with a 33-24 win in October.

Highland will be without injured pair Jonny Milton (shoulder) and Kevin Brown (knee), with skipper Stuart MacDonald doubtful due to an ankle injury.

However, Andrew Findlater is in line for a first outing since September after recovering from a broken thumb.

Carson hopes his side can make a strong start to the year, adding: “We want to get the momentum going after the Kelso game, and keep that play going with the way the boys executed their tries.

“They are a good running side. It will not be a forwards slog. There will be a lot of open rugby with the way both sides play.

“The boys had a good wee break – we trained a wee bit in between just to keep the clock ticking over.

“We have some big games ahead and we are looking forward to it, although it will be a bit sporadic with the Six Nations matches.

“That’s probably a good thing, as we had a long run from September to Christmas playing every week.”

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