GHA will look to record their first win of the National League season as they face Selkirk at Braidholm on Saturday. The Southsiders produced a much better performance against Peebles last weekend than their opening day display but were eventually edged out 18-14. 

This week’s opponents Selkirk are also looking for their first win after they suffered a 51-23 home defeat against league leaders Watsonians.

GHA Head Coach Gordon MacPherson is more concerned about what his side can do than the opposition.

He said: “They are a typical border team they will be quite fit, well organised and will not give any sort of quarter. 

“I think every team except the top two or three are there for the taking. 

“It is not really about what they are going to do it is how we perform at the moment which is the most important thing to us. 

 “We did play the quality of rugby that we know we can play in the first half yesterday. We played at pace and moved the ball around. We really had Peebles at sixes and sevens. But we were unable to continue that.

“We will be after our first win and it is ideal opportunity to do it. We need to get a win on the board for our confidence.”

One of the keys to GHA’s successful title winning campaign last season was their home form.
The Braidholm side lost just two of their nine home league last campaign. And given the step up in quality GHA will face this season Head Coach Gordon MacPherson believes their home form will be key.

He said: “It is always easier and is a comfort factor playing at home. 

“There is no travel, no disruption and it is a shorter day. 

“However we still need to use it to our advantage. It is alright having the home advantage but we have got to ram that sort of advantage home.

“Every game this season will be a mental and physical test. 

“We need to raise our game and have to be more consistent and not have the lapses in concentration that we had in the last couple of weeks.”

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