Confidence Riding High at the Top

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Confidence Riding High at the Top


Byline: ALAN CAMPBELL

CURRIE travel to Burnbrae this afternoon savouring their unprecedented position on top of the SRU Tennents Premiership.

'We've never been in this situation before so it's all a bit of a novelty,' admitted head of rugby Alan Airs yesterday.

While Airs would be the first to admit that Watsonians, in second spot only one point behind and with a game in hand, are still the Premiership favourites, the rise and rise of Currie has been phenomenal. Founded as recently as 1970, their progress has tended to come in ten-year cycles.

'In 1980 we made it into the national leagues, and in 1990 we were promoted to Division One,' Airs reflected.

'Hopefully by the end of the 1990s we will have won something.' At present the prospect of a league and cup double is very much alive, and if Currie can beat West this afternoon, and Watsonians falter against Hawick at Mansfield Park, the Balerno club will have opened up a handy gap.

Just three points separate all the teams in the top five playoffs, and so close is the race with only three games remaining that Airs said: 'If West beat us they will start to fancy their own chances of lifting the title, especially after their win against Melrose a fortnight ago.' The champions, who have been in turmoil in recent weeks, have the afternoon off and could find themselves in fifth place at the end of proceedings.

Looking back at Currie's history, Airs pinpoints the period when they moved from Division Seven to Division Four as crucial to their current status.

'We were lucky in that we had players who could quite easily have played at a higher level, but chose to stick with us,' he said. …

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