Battling the weather

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ALL three southside rugby clubs are at home in league action this weekend, providing their fixtures can survive the weather.

Last week’s cup fixtures were hit by the elements, with all the local clubs’ ties being cancelled on account of frozen pitches.

This Saturday, the trio will hope to get some rugby under their belts, with West of Scotland visiting Cartha and Whitecraigs hosting Falkirk, while GHA will welcome Dumfries.

GHA are currently even on points with Falkirk atop the table, but with one game on hand.

Although Dumbreck side Cartha are in fourth place, because of a number of postponements, they have three games in hand compared to Falkirk.

GHA will hope to keep their promotion push on track as they take on Dumfries at Braidholm.

The Southsiders have won their last four league games which has helped them take top spot.

They will be eager to maintain their good recent run this weekend against a side who have won their last two league games.

GHA captain Andy Henderson is expecting a tough test.

He said: “They beat us when we played them down there. They are a pretty useful team and have some big strong forwards and some talented guys in the backs.

“We know it is going to be a tough challenge but it is one we need to overcome.

“We need to keep winning if we are going to win the league so we will definitely be up for it”.

The last time both sides met Dumfries emerged victorious winning 27-26 back in September.

Dumfries have had an indifferent season and currently lie seventh in the league table.

But they showed some form when they defeated GHA’s fellow title challengers Falkirk 10-5 just before Christmas.

GHA captain Andy Henderson feels the team have improved defensively since their last meeting against Dumfries.

He said: “The last time we played them we were disappointed with some of the tries we conceded.

“They were pretty soft tries so hopefully we have taken that part out of our game.

“Two of their tries were down to our mistakes. Defensively I think we have improved since we played them first time around.

“Hopefully we can show that at the weekend.

“Falkirk are one of the stronger teams in the league. It shows that Dumfries have hit a bit of form winning against Falkirk.

“We know it is going to be a tough challenge but it is one we are looking forward to.

“We need to win to keep the momentum going for our push forward to win the league”.