HERIOT’S have the chance to go top of the Super6 table today – although perhaps only for an hour or so – when they play Boroughmuir Bears at Goldenacre. Four points behind Watsonians, who visit Stirling County in the late game, Phil Smith’s team will overtake their Edinburgh rivals if they beat the Bears with a bonus point.

“Our defeat earlier in the season at Meggetland is still fresh in our squad’s heads, so motivation shouldn’t be an issue,” said the head coach, whose team have won their last four games to climb into contention for a home play-off place.

County, meanwhile, have Glasgow Warriors flanker Jale Vakaloloma in their team for the visit of Watsonians, who field Edinburgh back-row Mesu Kunavula at six and know that any kind of win will see them top at the end of the weekend whatever happens at Goldenacre.

The eighth round of the tournament will be completed tomorrow, when Ayrshire Bulls hope to keep up the pressure on the leaders by beating the Southern Knights.

All four Scottish Cup quarter-finals are on today, and there will definitely be one side from National One in the last four, as Gala, fifth in the table, meet second-placed Heriot’s Blues. The Borderers won by eight points when the teams met on league business last week, and another close battle is expected.

The most eagerly awaited clash of the weekend, however, is probably at Malleny Park, where Currie Chieftains, lying second in the Premiership, take on Hawick, who are third. The Chieftains won this fixture 40-15 in the league, but are unlikely to have things all their own way today.

Edinburgh Accies are at home to Jed-Forest, while Premiership leaders Marr travel to Inverness to meet Highland, who are third in National One.

In a rearranged league game, Glasgow Hawks face GHA.