Rugby preview: Coach O’Connor granting his Grammar players chance to make amends

Aberdeen Grammar head coach Ali O’Connor.

Aberdeen Grammar will be going all out tomorrow to make amends for last week’s 22-18 defeat at home to league strugglers Stewart’s Melville.

The Granite City outfit entertain Border side Selkirk at Rubislaw, and have been given a second chance by head coach Ali O’Connor.

He said: “It was one of those days to forget in which every player seemed to make at least two mistakes.

“Hopefully there will be no repeat (tomorrow).

“In fairness, they were faced with some horrendous weather conditions and didn’t cope at all well.

“They will need to adjust to the challenge Selkirk bring, particularly if they intend to claim a top four place in National League 1.’’

The key men will be in the Grammar back row where Robin Cessford will have benefited from his run out last week.

Stand-off Byrn Perrott said: “We will need to show more imagination in the back division, if we are to beat fourth-placed Selkirk.’’

Across at Countesswells, Gordonians have a great opportunity to pick up maximum points on National League 3 business against bottom side Daziel, who have yet to win a game.

Gordonians head coach Ryan Morrice was struggling to name his starting line-up, but said: “Having home advantage counts for a lot, especially as our second team have been on a good run of form.

“It would be great to get a resounding performance under our belt and get ourselves into a mid-table position, not that we are in any danger of going down.

“It is, however, important that we start planning for next season.’’ Both games kick-off at 2pm.

There are no games in Caledonia League 1, but Caley 2 North leaders Ellon will be keen to bounce back from the disappointment of crashing out of the Caley Bowl when only one game away from a place in the final.

Head coach Sam Mountain said: “A home game against bottom side Stornoway is just what we need, but we are aware Garioch closed the gap on us last week, and are also at home. Third-placed Highland 2nds will present a tough challenge, even at Kellands Park.’’

In Caley 3 North, Kinloss Eagles meet winless Dyce in Aberdeen and can reduce the lead of North Scotland Police, who are not in action.

All games in Caley 2 and 3 divisions kick off at 12.15, apart from Ellon (2pm).

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