The curtain comes down on the Glasgow Tigers 2019 season this weekend as they make their biggest journey of the year, away to the Yorkshire Academy Rams.
An end-of-season trip to Yorkshire has become something of a tradition for the Tigers – although players and supporters alike will have fonder memories of 2017, when Glasgow competed in the Division 2 North finals as opposed to last season when the Tigers finished on the end of a heavy defeat from the Yorkshire men.
The Tigers go into the game on a high after a big victory in the final home game, defeating the Gateshead Senators 40-0 last weekend. Meanwhile, the Rams have endured defeats in their last two games – albeit against the league’s top two sides.
When the sides first met in Week Two, the Tigers ran out 13-0 winners. The scoreline proved deceptive however, as Yorkshire proved a tough test for a Glasgow side keen to win their first home game of the season.
The team that will face Yorkshire this weekend will look different from those that earned the shutout win at Nethercraigs in April.
A number of injuries at key positions have forced the Tigers to change things up, and so the Rams will need to be on their toes against a side that proved more than capable of putting points on the board last weekend.
The Tigers go into the game knowing that a road victory coupled with a win for title-chasing Northumberland at home to Aberdeen will secure third place, a marked improvement from last season when the Tigers finished second-bottom following their promotion from Division Two.
Our hosts on Sunday stand an outside chance of leapfrogging both Glasgow and Aberdeen dependent on results, but regardless of standings Coach Dale Bottomley’s side will hope to finish the season in better form than their shock start.