EAST Kilbride Rugby Club coach, Jason Currie, heaped praise on his troops after they all but blew GHK’s title hopes on Saturday.
Going into the match at Torrance House, the visitors came in as league leaders and knew a win would see them crowned champions.
But East Kilbride – sitting seventh in the table – had other ideas as they claimed a 23-23 draw, opening the door for Marr to take the title with a final day victory over Glasgow Accies this weekend.
And Currie was delighted with the result, insisting it’s a sign of things to come next season.
He told the News: “I said previously that the GHK game would act as a barometer of our season and the guys really stepped up to the mark.
“After the defeat to Newton Stewart in our last game it was the perfect response and it puts my disappointment at that result into perspective.
“I know what this team are capable of and this result shows what we can do when we get confidence and work ethic operating hand-in-hand.
“It’s a big performance to build on and I’ve already said that next season our aim is not to finish third or fourth, it’s to go for that title.
“GHK put out a really strong side and they really wanted to win the league and have a party on our patch, but chances are they’ve lost the league now.
“That just shows the level we had to rise to on Saturday with a team determined to beat us.
“They sent their best team out and they certainly got a shock when we went two scores ahead early on.
“But they came back at us, like we knew they would, in the second half, but we were resolute in our defending and deserved everything we got from the game.”
EK play Waysiders at Torrance House this weekend in their final game of the 2011/12 campaign and could finish the season as high as fifth in the table should they claim a good victory.
But Currie stressed concentration will be the key to a positive outcome both on Saturday and next season.
He added: “The GHK result will give our guys confidence, but that’s never been a problem here – it’s our concentration that’s perpetually let us down.
“Sometimes against the so-called smaller teams we get into a good position and take our foot off the gas, but when we play the bigger sides we seem to be fearless and put in a greater level of concentration.
“Finding the consistency to play with high levels of concentration in every game is what we need to work on for next season because we want to be a force to be reckoned with.
“There’s plenty for us to work on in pre-season and we will soon be starting up our sevens tournaments and before we know it we will be back in for pre-season training.
“We were dominant for large parts of the game against GHK, we controlled the midfield and bullied them in open play.
“That’s what we need to do on Saturday because we want to sign off with a win over Waysiders and set the standard we want to achieve consistently next season.”
EK’s match with Waysiders is scheduled for an earlier kick-off than usual with play due to get underway at 1pm.
Read Richard Beaton’s match report on the senior side, as well as action from East Kilbride’s Junior Section on page 85.