Cup match is not a time to experiment, says Falkirk Rugby Club coach

Date: 25/06/13,  CAMELON. Dorrator Road. Cala Park. Falkirk RFC. Preseason first session. Paul Larter watches over the training session.
Date: 25/06/13, CAMELON. Dorrator Road. Cala Park. Falkirk RFC. Preseason first session. Paul Larter watches over the training session.

Players will be working to familiar plans for Saturday’s final cup clash of the season, when Falkirk host Dundee HSFP.

Initially, head coach Paul Larter had pencilled in some alternative plays and formations to use in this season’s competition and learn more about the squad he inherited in the summer.

But he’s cancelled his experiment with Falkirk riding high in the league.

“We’ll be taking this one like it’s a first-team game given the league fixtures that follow it,” he told Heraldsport. “I had tried some different things in the cup but after the Christmas and New Year break it’s time to get back into it and it is now a vital day in our preparations for the league.”

Falkirk entered 2014 in top position in the RBS Championship Division A, though the chasing pack have a game in hand over the Sunnysiders.

But in a thrilling climax to the season, Falkirk’s final four games include three against potential title challengers - all away from home.

“Games against Cartha Queen’s Park, Hamilton, Dumfries and Whitecraigs will be tough but I feel the league will come down to the final day. That’s when we’re at Hamilton and Cartha have Marr. There might not be a helicopter hovering over the southside of Glasgow with the trophy, but there may well be a car parked up halfway between the grounds awaiting the results.

“Obviously we’d hope it would drive to Hamilton afterwards because everything we are doing in preparation of next season is geared towards us being in the RBS National league.

“That is why Saturday’s match is so important. The guys have had a good break to rest and now it’s time to show a good crowd we are ready for the games coming up with a huge test.

“The past fortnight has been fitness work to run off the Christmas dinner and New Year drinks but it was important for the guys to take a break from rugby because the amount of games before it was asking a lot of the guys.”

Gordon McGuire has a torn rotator cuff sustained against Kirkcaldy, but otherwise Falkirk can boast a clean bill of health.