GHA’s leading try scorer — Rangi Jericevich — says Saturday’s game against Cartha will be “our cup final”.
With no promotion or relegation in Premier three this season, the free-scoring winger says his team will use the derby grudge match as a “catalyst to turn our season around”.
The 26-year-old told ExtraSport: “There will no doubt be a big crowd down to Braidholm on Saturday and that always changes the atmosphere of a game. Both teams have different strengths we tend to play more of an expansive game through the backs while Cartha have an excellent pack and will look to dominate round the fringes”.
GHA’s backs, which include former Glasgow Warriors pair Hefin O’Hare and Andy Henderson, have scored all but two of GHA’s 27 tries so far this season.
Cartha, with seasoned veterans of club rugby such as Iain Cook, John Malakoty and Robert Harvey have made life difficult for a number of teams in the tight.
In his first year as head coach of the Queen’s Park side, Gary Grant thinks the differences between the teams are far less pronounced.
He argued: “We will look to attack the backs. We have a lot of good young talent from nine to 15 and I predict we will see an open game.
“I’m looking forward to pitting my wits against an experienced coach like Gordon Macpherson.
“It will be a difficult game but one which I am quietly confident about. “I hope there’s a big turnout so people can see for themselves the quality of rugby in the southside”.
The last time the two neighbouring sides met was in April 2006 when Cartha defeated GHA 22-5.
Then, Cartha captain, second row Graeme Williamson, was playing in GHA colours.
The Dumbreck side will go into this game with confidence after an impressive 24-16 win against Morgan – despite having three players sent to the sin bin.
Robert Harvey, Iain Cook, Rob May and Andy Noble were the scorers.
Meanwhile, GHA suffered a 27-25 loss to Haddington which leaves them seventh in the table – one place behind Cartha with a game in hand.
Saturday’s derby kicks off at 3pm at Braidholm