Blues’ Black Friday fears

Greg Wallace, Kirkcaldy RFC vs Perthshire RFC, 15th December 2012. Photo: Michael Booth
Greg Wallace, Kirkcaldy RFC vs Perthshire RFC, 15th December 2012. Photo: Michael Booth
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KIRKCALDY player-coach Quintan Sanft hopes Black Friday hangovers won’t prove to be his team’s undoing at Musselburgh on Saturday.

A number of first team players are attending Christmas parties the night before the match, and Sanft has warned them against excessive drinking.

“The players don’t get paid to play rugby so it’s not something we can enforce, but we hope they keep their discipline,” Sanft told the Press.

“We don’t want them drinking too much that they can’t play on the Saturday.

“Every league game is important to us, so we’ll be asking them to limit their alcohol consumption.”

Sanft expects a tough match away to a Musselburgh side that won 30-12 at Beveridge Park earlier in the season.

“Their pitches are quite boggy so it’s going to be a forward battle,” he said.

Kirkcaldy lost 32-27 at home to Perthshire on Saturday in a Caledonia Cup match that saw Liam Neilson red carded.

The recent freezing weather meant the Blues had not managed to train for a fortnight before the match.

Sanft said: “We got ourselves into a winning position but our lack of match fitness told in the end.

“The red card for Liam didn’t help either, especially when it was for something he didn’t do.

“The ref said it was for punching - but I think he got the wrong guy.

“Playing a man down for the last 25 minutes is not ideal, especially when you haven’t trained for two weeks.”