West hope lightning strikes for a third time against Dalziel

West Rugby Club new head coach Ewan Smith.'Pic by Alan Murray 07-08-12
West Rugby Club new head coach Ewan Smith.'Pic by Alan Murray 07-08-12

WEST of Scotland had another free week when their cup game against Cartha Queens Park was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

The team are due to take on Dalziel at Burnbrae on Saturday in the league but the game is already in doubt due to the predicted weather forecast.

This will be the third time West have faced Dalziel this season but the Burnbrae squad have run out comfortable winners in both the previous games.

And luckily West have no new injury concerns.

It is looking increasingly likely that the 1st XV captain Andrew Kennedy could play a small part in this game after his injury in the second game of the season.

However, Conor Davis and Jack Walker are both unavailable due to work commitments.

West coach Ewan Smith (above) said: “It’s been a frustrating time for everyone this last few weeks as we’ve not been able to get much contact work done because the pitches, not to mention not getting any games in.”

The layoff has given a number of players a bit of time to rest minor injuries and get a bit a specific fitness work in.

Smith added: “This is the third time we will have played Dalziel this season and I have a fair idea of how we will play against them.

“It’s an important game for both teams and I’m sure they, like us, will have an eye on next week’s game where we play each other again, but this time in the league.

“I can’t speak for Dalziel but we will be totally focused on winning this week and I will select the strongest team that is available.”