Hawks: Cammy Fenton is back north from London Scottish and he will make his first start for the club since signing in the off season from weekend, as fate would have it, Stirling County. Ross Miller is at blindside flanker, and Kiran McDonald is back in the second-row after injury. Bruce Flockhart is ready to make an impact from the bench after injury.
Stirling: Adam Nicol is back at tighthead ollowing his first appearance for the Warriors last week, and Adam Sinclair makes a timely return from suspension in the second-row, in place of club captain Callum Hunter-Hill, who has been sent off on loan to London Scottish. A number of late calls on the bench due to injury.
KEY BATTLE: Junior Bulumakau versus Logan Trotter
WHAT THE COACHES SAY –
“It is hugely exciting to finally get the league back under way and we can’t wait for the challenge of Stirling. With both teams having had a few weeks off, this game might show a little rustiness- but on the whole I am sure it will be two ambitious teams desperate to get a win. We also welcome the return of Junior [Bulumakau] and Grayson [Hart] from Glasgow and as ever appreciate the support we receive from the pro game. Hagan Schulte hopes to get his season going after a lengthy lay off and we hope he can be instrumental in the second half of the season …” – Finlay Gillies (Hawks)
“Hawks were the one side in the first half of the season to give us a real doing, with a pace and power we struggled to contain; however, we expect a much changed Hawks team from that day, at the same time as ourselves hitting a bit of form following two wins on the bounce. The weather looks set for fair, so we hope to continue our good attacking form against a Hawks side who were scoring tries for fun at the start of the season …” – David Adamson (Stirling County)