Highland 1st XV's last home game of 2022
The 1st XV have their last home game of 2022, when they entertain Aberdeen Grammar Rugby at Canal Park, this Saturday 10th December, 3PM Kick Off.
Unfortunately we won’t have the planned Highland v Grammar double header, as Grammar have had to pull their 2nd XV out of their Caledonia North League Div 2 fixture against the Raptors.
The Highland 1st XV will be looking to put the disappointment of their last minute defeat away to Ayr behind them by turning in a good performance to give the home fans a bit of festive cheer.
The team would really appreciate it if you could make it along to the game to cheer them on too, as your support really does make a difference.
There are four changes to this weeks team, meaning a reshuffle in the forwards and the backs.
Kev Brown and Gordon Gregor are both out through injury, which means that young Ollie Smith steps in at hooker, Sean Blair moves to 7, with Grant Jamieson coming in to fill the slot in the 2nd Row.
Scott Fraser & Adriu Muritoki are both unavailable this week. This sees Rory Carson come into the 1st XV at standoff, with Rupeni Rokoduguni moving from the wing last week into centre this week to re-establish his partnership with Seumas Ross in the middle of the field.
Craig Findlater also returns to the starting line up on the wing.
With Aberdeen Grammar second bottom of the table with only two wins all season, coach David Carson says it is a match where they are targeting a bonus point win.
But he would also be happy with winning the games to round off 2022 and go into 2023 in positive mood.
“This is the last home game in our centenary year so we are looking for a good victory with a good crowd and record a five point victory.
“We are still pushing for a top four finish and we are looking to grapple every point that we can.
“It is our aim to get nine points, but 10 if we can for our final two matches in the year and that will leave us in a good place to attack the second half of the season”.
It’s also Christmas Jumper Day tomorrow – so it’s time to look out those mothballed monstrosities that have been lurking at the back of the wardrobe or the bottom washing basket for the last year!
Finally, if you can’t make it along to the game, you can still follow all the action by going to the Highland Rugby TV YouTube channel;
then clicking on the link for the livestream as provided by CORE Ltd, or just click here;