As I (ouch!) I mean we sat in Campoamor Golf Club (Costa Blanca) at 5pm on Friday night it was still 28 degrees a lovely way to end our hols. However as suspected the temperature at the Greenyards on Saturday felt every bit as hot as we welcomed our top of the table neighbours Gala. After some recent inconsistent team performances the forwards well and truly backed up their form against Heriots and set a platform for a superb result. We thoroughly deserved the victory and perhaps surprised our opponents by taking them on up front. The entire pack was outstanding with Peter Eccles deservedly "Man of the Match". This was a double header so puts us in a good place in the Border league. It’s a league competition this season with no final, so a win against our closest rivals certainly helps the cause. With the top four in the Premiership playing each other this week it will be interesting to see what the table will look like at what incredibly will already be the half way stage of the battle for play off places.
It was great to see Joe Helps back after his injury and kicking goals again, he's been missed over the last few weeks and his attitude when injured epitomises everything we need in the dressing room. Hopefully Joe can now kick start his season and have the success he had last year. It's also good to see Bruce Colvine back at the club looking fit and keen to get playing again.
So next up is Ayr who will be hurting after their defeat at Heriots and be desperate to put one over on us. It’s a tough place to go but we head there with renewed confidence and a chance to get right back into the mix after our disappointing early season defeats. It should be a great game. The Storm lost to Gala in a closely fought encounter. It was a game they could have won but Gala used the strong wind to greater effect in the second half and so maintained their top of the table position. The boys played some good stuff and I'm sure will turn their season round soon.
Hopefully a number of you will make the trip west on Saturday, your support is much needed and appreciated by the entire squad and management.
Director of Rugby