Aberdeen Grammar will make the long trip to Selkirk with great confidence after their encouraging near thing against National Division 1 favourites Gala.
The Rubislaw outfit came within one converted try of shocking the Border team.
Grammar head coach Ali O’Connor was, however, in no doubt about the challenge his side face against Selkirk at Philiphaugh.
He said: “A game in the Borders is always a tough test, especially as Selkirk were in the Premiership two seasons ago.
“But we’re in good nick and have one or two key players likely to return.
“We will need to up our physicality, though I thought we defended superbly last Saturday. Selkirk are a good, tidy side who we need to bully if we are to win.”
Among those likely to make a return is utility forward Chris Jollands, who will bring strength and organisation to the Grammar pack.
Sam Knudson’s first outing of the season at stand-off will add a stability to the Rubislaw back division, not least his out of hand kicking, though last week’s incumbent Bryn Perrott had a sound game, excelling with his place kicking, landing all four of his attempts at goal in the 34-28 defeat.
Across at Woodside, Aberdeenshire will be bidding for their first win when they entertain newly-promoted Lasswade who, according to Shire coach Craig Parslow, will be keen to make their mark in the division.
He said: “We need to stop them up front where they are most dangerous. We are working well in training and likely to have Nat Clough back in the centre where he is a huge influence.
“I am very hopeful of breaking our duck. This is a young side who are learning all the time.”
Gordonians will make their home debut in National League 3 against Orkney, boosted by a 10-try romp in the opener at Perthshire, which delighted club president Jim Sugden.
He said: “It was the perfect start to life in the national leagues. We won’t score 66 points every week, but we’ll test any team, while looking to consolidate our position in the league.
“We will by and large be sticking by last week’s side who did so well, including stand-off Sean Mills, who scored four tries and kicked eight conversions.”
Caley League teams turn their attention to Shield and Cup games with Aberdeen Wanderers taking their first step on the long road that could lead to Edinburgh in April in the Caley Shield, when they take on Carnoustie in Angus.
Banff travel to Blairgowrie, but Mackie FPs have a home game against Glenrothes.
In the Caley Bowl, Ellon play Inverness Craig Dunain in Inverness.
Huntly meet Shetland and Marketmuir and Dyce travel to Invergordon to meet Ross Sutherland.
The ties of the round are likely to be in Aberdeen, where North Scotland Police play Kinloss Eagles and Aberdeen University host RAF Lossiemouth.