West rugby club try, try and try again

west coaches, marc pope and keith robertson'em'15/8/11
west coaches, marc pope and keith robertson'em'15/8/11

WEST of Scotland rugby club are hoping to build on the momentum of last week’s tight victory when they face a tough clash on Saturday at Burnbrae against GHA.

Assistant coach Marc Pope reckons the squad have gained a great deal of confidence following the narrow 19-17 win last Saturday against Dunfermline.

He said: “This game was gutsy but we held on and played to our strengths.

“It was one of those games that could have gone either way, but we held our nerve and were strong at the back, which helped us a lot.”

Over the last couple of weeks West have been working on the basics and been beset with injuries that have upset the continuity of play, but Pope believes the first team has the confidence now not to make silly mistakes.

However, this Saturday’s game will be very different from the last week’s and Pope knows it’s going to be a difficult encounter, adding: “GHA are second from top and they are there for a good reason. If we can keep the errors to a minimum and can move the ball around the park we’ll have a good chance.”

The fact West are playing at home and have a full squad to choose from also bodes well.

“Injuries have been a constant headache for the team and luckily none were sustained last week.

Pope said: “We have a full squad to choose from this week.

“The only problem we had last week was when James Cuthbertson pulled out 10 minutes before the start of the match.

“We think it was the Norovirus, but he is fit to play this week.”

The Championship A League at this stage of the season is as follows: Falkirk 51, GHA 46, Ardrossan Acads 42, Cartha Q P 40, Greenock Wanderers 35, Whitecraigs 28, Dumfries 28, West of Scotland 20, Dunfermline 14, Dalziel 11.