Lenzie have it all to play for

Lenzie Rugby Club training.  4.9.14
Lenzie Rugby Club training. 4.9.14

Lenzie skipper Daniel Scouller says he is confident the Viewfield side can avoid relegation this season following an encouraging pre-season schedule.

With four friendly wins already under their belt, Lenzie are hoping to make a big impact in this year’s newly-branded BT West Division 1.

Last season was a fairly difficult season for the Viewfield side, who were spared relegation by virtue of a nationwide league reconstruction.

However, Scouller argues the lessons learned from last year, along with a number of new recruits, will stand Lenzie in good stead for the coming campaign.

And with the new season just over a week away, the captain has also targeted a points tally of 40 to keep them clear of the drop.

He said: “Last season was tough for us, but we’ll take on board the experience from those games and build on that.

“With potentially three teams dropping down out of the league this year, we’ll need to be ready if we are to avoid relegation.

“Our first target will have to be getting that magic 40 points or so to keep us up — after that we can try and push up the table.”

He added: “Pre-season has gone well, we’ve had around eight weeks’ of training so far and played four pre-season games already.

“The guys are looking really sharp and we were able to record two encouraging victories recently over Cumbernauld and Oban.

“Having those wins, against very good competition, has given us a confidence boost going into the new season.”

Lenzie will not return to competitive action until September 13, having been handed a bye in the preliminary round of the BT West Regional Shield, which takes place this weekend.

Their first round tie with McLaren RFC is not scheduled until October 18, giving Lenzie five league games to contest in the meantime.

For their opening game they travel to South Ayrshire to take on Carrick RFC before hosting Kilmarnock RFC the week after.