Rugby round-up: Jed-forest will make it tough but Grammar aim for three in a row

Aberdeen Grammar are hoping to make it three wins in a row at Rubislaw tomorrow, but will find promotion-seeking Jed-Forest a tough challenge.

Club chairman Michael Cox said: “Our last two winning performances have put us in a good position, but we are not getting carried away, especially against a Borders side who are on a good run of form.

“At the moment we are playing well with more shape than last season.

“There are some outstanding young players, including stand-off Bryn Perrott who has surprised more than a few.

“Centres Nat Coe and Nathan Clough have been a revelation.”

Grammar’s astonishing 10-try win against Stewart’s Melville in Edinburgh last weekend has pushed the Rubislaw side into the safety of mid-table in National League 1.

But it’s too early to decide if they are promotion candidates in a very competitive league in which the top two will find themselves in the Premier Division.

Across the Granite City at Woodside, an entirely different scenario exists where Aberdeenshire face the near certainty of relegation from National League 2 after losing their first six games, conceding 447 points in the process.

Shire have had to call off their game tomorrow, when they were due to travel to Peebles, due to player shortage.

Head coach Craig Parslow conceded it was a desperate situation and said: “I have only three players available to me for the Border trip. Even our students have opted to play only for the University. I am a coach without a team.”

Last week the Woodside-based club were informed their collaboration with Grammar would not continue.

Gordonians will be keen to bounce back after three successive defeats in League 3, but even with home advantage against Newton Stewart they will find the on-fire second-placed Dumfries and Galloway outfit a tough nut to crack, especially after lowering the colours of Highland last week, handing the Inverness side their first defeat of the season.

Jim Sugden, the Gordonians president, said: “There’s no question of panic at Countesswells, but we need to get back to basics.

“I have no doubt head coach Ryan Morrice will turn things around for us.”

Caley 2 North leaders Ellon face Deeside at the Meadows while Garioch host Ross Sutherland.