Rugby: Aberdeen Grammar coach warns against complacency for trip to Falkirk

Aberdeen Grammar return to action tomorrow refreshed after a three-week break, and no doubt inspired by the heroics of the national side in the three autumn tests.

Head coach Ali O’Connor is looking forward to a game away from home against bottom side Falkirk who have yet to win after 10 starts, but warned his high-flying charges not to take victory for granted.

O’Connor said: “We are looking to make it four wins in a row, but it would be foolish to expect it to be easy.

“However, given our recent form, we are pretty confident, especially after our stylish 28-13 win at home to Dundee High. We are still on target for a top four finish, and will go into the second half of the season next week in the best of health.”

The Rubislaw side have no major injury problems and will be able to call on a strong starting 15 for the trip.

At Countesswells, Gordonians will have benefited from the break, giving key players like centre Graeme Crawford time to get fit for the festive period.

Club president Jim Sugden views the National League 3 game with winless Dalziel as an opportunity to move into the security of mid-table. Sugden said: “After being promoted last season, our aim was always to consolidate our position in the national league. We are well on the way to doing just that.

“A win at home to Dalziel would be just the ticket before we go into the second half of the season.

“These are a fine bunch of guys who have done us proud.”

In the pick of the Caledonia games, Aberdeen Wanderers make the long trip to Thurso to take on title hopefuls Caithness who since losing out to the Groats Road side on the first day of the season have six consecutive wins in Caley Division 1.

Coach Fraser Burr was in no doubt about the size of the task facing his side. He said: “It’s a hard place to go to at the best of times, but we have trained well over the break, and will be giving it our best shot.”

In Caley 2 North, unbeaten Ellon can make a strong statement at the head of affairs in Elgin where they meet third placed Moray, and if they beat the home side, and RAF Lossiemouth beat second placed Garioch, Ellon could go a massive 12 points clear of the pack.

Head coach Sam Mountain is not taking anything for granted. Mountain said: “This is a huge test of our ambition, but as ever we are taking it one game a time. I am expecting a close encounter.”