Are GHA giant killers?

Callum Forrester
Callum Forrester

GHA are set to take on premiership league leaders Ayr at Braidholm on Saturday in cup action.

Scottish club rugby’s top dogs will take the trip to 
Braidholm on Saturday in a West regional group A top of the table clash.

GHA are currently one point ahead of Ayr, but Ayr have a game in hand.

Last week, GHA defeated another Ayrshire foe, Ardrossan, in an impressive 37-3 victory.

Ayr were 33-0 victors in the reverse fixture and have lost just once this season. They will be led out at Braidholm by their captain, former GHA, Hutchie and Glasgow Warriors back-row Calum Forrester.

GHA Head Coach Gordon MacPherson is hoping his side can cause Ayr more problems this time around.

He said: “Ayr are the best team in the country. It will be a challenge because they have the strongest squad in Scotland.

“We know how good they are when we played them down in their ground.

“It will be another test for us and it will be interesting to see if we can get some points this time and play a little bit better.

“It is an opportunity to try and raise our game and continue our league and cup form and see what we can do.

“They are expected to win and will be the favourites. We will be the overwhelming underdogs so from that point of view there is no pressure.

“I like to think that our guys will put pressure on themselves to up their game which in turn will help the team.”

“They are a quality side and have some good players. It will be a challenge for our guys to capitalise on the opportunities that we get and try to make it more difficult for them.”

GHA v Ayr at Braidholm is a 2pm kick off.

Whitecraigs’ injury crisis continues and their last fixture against Greenock was only able to be fulfilled thanks to a pair of props stepping in as part of the emergency player loan scheme.

The southsiders are bottom of group B without a hope of qualifying after securing just two points in four games.

An understrength side battle valiantly, losing 25-20 to the Fort Matilda side. On Saturday, Dumfries visit West Lodge in another cup tie (kick off 2pm).

Cartha, currently sitting in second place in group C, were set to host West of Scotland on Saturday, but their game fell victim to the weather.

On Saturday, they hope to be back in action, with a scheduled trip to Hamilton (kick off 2pm).