Bihel ready for crunch game
May 10, 2000
Border Reivers manager Nick Bihel admits that he always thought the Inter District Championship match with Edinburgh would be the title decider.
But both sides go into the game at Philiphaugh tonight in very different positions after the first week of games.
The Reivers comfortably defeated a highly-fancied Glasgow side while, in the shock result of the championship, Edinburgh were beaten by Caledonia.
Bihel was delighted with his side's start to the campaign, but is warning his side against a backlash from the capital side.
Bihel said, "I was very encouraged as it took half a game to get our act together.
"We had not played together, which is a big thing, and they worked well and I was pleased with the fact we had no preparation games beforehand.
"But this game is going to be a hard one because they lost their first match. I think Edinburgh went into it too complacent and I think they will be out to prove something, because they are a team of First Division players.
"As for us, I expected our game to be a lot closer than it was, but this one will be harder than that and I always thought this would be the deciding game although in some ways I'm delighted it's come now."
Caledonia Reds will be without Craig Reider, who suffered a shoulder injury playing sevens at the weekend, so Ben Prescott slots in at loose head for the game against Glasgow.
Stuart McAllister was injured last week and is replaced on the bench by Chris Milne from Dundee High School.