Currie Captain Ross Weston has hailed the hard work the young players in his squad have put in to gain a BT Premiership play-off place.
At the weekend, in the two remaining regular season clashes, Melrose defeated Stirling County 30-7 to finish top while Currie claimed the fourth and final play-off spot with a 67-19 victory at Boroughmuir.
They will play each other at The Greenyards on April 1 while Ayr will entertain Glasgow Hawks in the other last four clash.
Currie knew they needed five points against ‘Muir on Saturday to leapfrog Heriot’s in the table and they went ahead in the seventh minute with a converted try by skipper Weston.
The Captain was to cause problems all afternoon at Meggetland and bagged a hat-trick in the end as Currie ran out winners.
Now they have just less than three weeks to prepare for their trip to the Borders and No.8 Weston, 33, said: “We had a very tough start to the league season, losing 53-10 at Ayr and then being beaten by Gala and Melrose, so for the guys to have kept their heads up and made sure we made the top four shows all you need to know about their character.
“We have a lot of young guys in the squad and after that tough start, when we also suffered a lot of injuries, they could have panicked, but they trusted what the coaches and older players like myself were saying to them and the results started to come.
“In recent weeks we have been missing a few guys away on Scotland under-20 duty, but that has allowed other young guys and those who have been doing well in the seconds the chance to come into the squad and they have done a great job.
“As we went into the Boroughmuir match we knew that we needed to win and score four tries and having made the play-offs last year we were keen to do so again.
“Both teams were missing a few players, but we got off to a good start and now we can start to focus on the trip to The Greenyards.”
Weston has been around the club game long enough to know that the current Melrose team will be very tough to beat in a one off match.
As the former Club XV man touched on, in week three of this season they lost there 52-22 while in the return fixture at Malleny Park Melrose won 27-24.
They also saw off Currie 17-10 in the BT Cup and ahead of their third visit of 2016/17 to The Greenyards, Weston added: “We respect Melrose and there is no doubt they have been the best side in the league this year, but we must go into the match with confidence.
“We have shown at times in recent months that we can compete with the best and we have a while before this match to recharge our batteries and go down there and try and cause a shock.
“It would mean a lot for everyone connected with the club to reach the final, but for myself and the rest of the players the only focus on our mind is going to Melrose and putting in 100 percent.
“It is certainly shaping up to be a very exciting end to the campaign.”
Thanks to Ian Gidney for the photo of Ross Weston
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