Caledonia relying on superior spirit level

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The Caledonia chief executive, Graham Kerr, expects team spirit to see his side through their tough Inter-District Championship game against Edinburgh at Kirkcaldy tonight. But Kerr admits his team would have preferred that last week's washed-out game against Border Reivers had been played before the match against Edinburgh.

"We were really geared up for the game last week and would have preferred to have played that game before the Edinburgh match," he said. "We were ready for the game last week, and because it was so late in being postponed some of the boys from Aberdeen had actually travelled.

"We have a club spirit within the District, and the lads play for each other. We might not be expected to win, but the commitment will be there."

Kerr is adamant his team will not give in easily to their more illustrious opponents. "Davie McIvor will have the boys fired up for the game. They were running through some moves last night and they won't lack in commitment," he added.

Alistair Ness has been forced to withdraw from the Caledonia side because of exams. Gavin Broomfield, of Dunfermline, steps up into the pack after being selected for the bench last week - and Chris Hornibrook, of Aberdeen Grammar School Former Pupils, steps up to the replacements bench. Ian Black will be facing his brother Chris, who has been named at scrum-half by Edinburgh.

In the other Inter-District match, Glasgow have been hit by selection problems for the game against Scottish Borders at Braidholm.

After the postponement of last week's clash with Edinburgh, they finally get to kick off their campaign in Glasgow. However, their plans have been thrown into chaos with Ricky Munday, Cameron Little and Scott Hutton all ruled out through injury.

Campbell Aitken and Torquil Mathewson are also unavailable, and Glasgow Hawks trio Kenny Baillie, Murray Scott and Kenny Sinclair come into the side.

Glasgow's postponed match against Edinburgh will now be played on Monday 15 May.