Old boys’ derby day decider

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NOT only will Saturday be Robert Harvey’s biggest game ever, but it could also be his last.

The 36-year-old Cartha prop will take the field against GHA on Saturday for one of the most important fixtures in the club’s history.

The stakes are simple — the winner of the southside derby will come away with the league title — and Robert wouldn’t want it any other way.

He told ExtraSport: “I’ve only won a league once before, but the win depended on other team’s results. This is all in our own hands.

“I won’t have this opportunity again, my body is breaking down, but you will need to drag me off the park on Saturday.”

The club legend, a former Scotland u18 and Glasgow Rugby representative, will savour the moment even more, having come back from a number of career threatening injuries including a broken neck.

He continued: “I have never been more excited for a game of rugby.

“Tomorrow will be the longest day of my life, I just want to be on that pitch.

“I have never been tempted to leave Cartha, even when times were tough. Club spirit was pretty poor for a while but Gary Grant as coach has turned things round and we as a team have our belief back.

“Both teams respect each other. I think we are quite evenly balanced and it could go either way.

“There should be a big crowd and hopefully with a bit of good weather it will be a good advert for the game.”

Cartha QP moved level on points with GHA after a 43-18 victory on Saturday and a draw would be enough to see them crowned champions.

GHA’s winger Rangi Jericevich is more than aware of the task at hand, having played alongside Cartha stars Graham Williamson and Andy Scott before they made the switch from Braidholm to Dumbreck

The club’s longest serving player said: “Andy is a classy player and was someone who I looked up to when I first broke into the team.

“It always adds a bit extra when you come up against former team mates however I don’t think it is possible to raise the ante on Saturday’s game any higher!

“I don’t think there is much between the sides on paper, I think both sets of players will be running on adrenalin so it will probably come down to who deals with the pressure best and takes their chances when they come.”

Saturday’s game is at Dumbreck and kick off is 3pm.

In Whitecraigs final game, also in RBS championship league A, they host Motherwell side Dalziel.