It’s when not who for Sunnysiders

Pic Michael Gillen 04/09/10. FHS. CAMELON. Sunnyside. Falkirk RFC 2010 -2011 team photograph. Alex McQuade (President).
Pic Michael Gillen 04/09/10. FHS. CAMELON. Sunnyside. Falkirk RFC 2010 -2011 team photograph. Alex McQuade (President).

FALKIRK rugby club know it’s 50/50 if they’ll remain in the second tier of Scottish club rugby.

The Sunnysiders are competing in Premiership division C after the split and with changes to the league set-up they must finish in the top half of their eight-team group to avoid relegation.

The club know their opponents but a championship committee met on Monday and are yet to divulge their decisions on the fixtures.

Club president Alex McQuade explained to Heraldsport: “The reconstruction to the leagues is aimed at reducing travelling costs.

“It will see Prem One remain the same, and the second league classed as a national league. Below that leagues will be regionalised.

“To us, however the travelling wouldn’t be an issue - we are right in the middle.

“Instead of travelling to the Borders as we do at the moment, we’d be travelling to Howe of Fife and teams in Dundee and Perthshire.”

In an ideal world Falkirk want to remain in the second-tier and continue to perform on a national stage, but they still face a battle to do so.

But Saturday’s win at Peebles was so crucial in taking a step away from the drop down the divisions.

“The points already accumulated are counted after the split - so it was important to take points from Peebles who are one of the teams we’ll host in this next phase,” McQuade went on.

“We know the identity of our opponents, we know where we’ll play them - we just don’t know when we’re playing them.

“If we’ve already hosted them, we’ll go to them and vice versa.”

Falkirk are within a relegation play-off group and will host Peebles, Whitecraigs and Kelso but travel to Selkirk, Hillhead/Jordanhill, Biggar and West of Scotland.

Falkirk start their group fourth - and safe - a point ahead of Hills who are in the drop-zone.

Peebles are at the foot of the table, seven points off the CALA Park club with 16 points.