Kirkcaldy Rugby hoping for a season of survival

Kirkcaldy coach Quintan Sanft (left) watched from the sidelines as his team lost 36-3 at home to Dundee HSFP on Saturday. Pic: Michael Booth
Kirkcaldy coach Quintan Sanft (left) watched from the sidelines as his team lost 36-3 at home to Dundee HSFP on Saturday. Pic: Michael Booth

Kirkcaldy Rugby Club begin a new league season with a home match against Aberdeenshire on Saturday.

Following league reconstruction at the end of last season, the Blues will compete in the 12-team BT National League Two.

Head coach Quintan Sanft, now in his ninth season at the helm, insists survival is the club’s main aim.

“The focus for us is to make sure we stay in the league,” said the Samoan.

“A lot of our players have gone off to university so we’ll need to blood more youngsters.

“There’s just not enough depth in the squad.

“The league will be be a lot tougher now with more teams from Glasgow and the west.

“It will be a difficult season but getting off to a good start on Saturday will make things a lot better.”

Kirkcaldy were knocked out of the BT Cup in their first competitive game at the weekend - going down a 3-36 at home to Dundee HSFP.

Sanft was encouraged, however, by aspects of the performance against a side from the league above.

“There were lots of positives,” he explained. “It was just inexperience and enforced mistakes that cost us a few times.

“We handled the ball for 60 per cent of the first half and should’ve done more with it.

“It was just the last pass to finish things off that was missing.

“Otherwise it would have been a different score.”

Sanft has yet to decide whether he will continue playing this season.

“We’ve got two young number 10s who need to play,” he said.

“I’ll need to weigh up whether I need to play myself, or whether I’m able to give them a chance.”

Ronnie Harris, the brother of former Raith Rovers striker Colin, has been drafted in as the club’s new forward coach.

Saturday’s match at Beveridge Park is due to kick-off at 3.00 p.m.