Ellon RFC 1st XV will return to action this Saturday after a three-week hiatus from league matches across the country.
The Meadows side will travel to Elgin where Moray RFC will be their opposition.
Ellon sit top of BT Caledonia League Division 2 North while Moray are in third position, giving Ellon the chance to pull further ahead of one of their title challengers should they win.
However, head coach Sam Mountain is expecting a difficult game for his team at Morriston Park.
He said: “Every game is tough, so I wouldn’t want to disrespect any team by saying that one is weaker than the other.
“But we are well aware that this will be a massive test of our physicality.
“The boys have had a week off, and past few weeks have only had the one training session to ensure that they are well rested but also sharp for this week’s fixture.”
Moray have been a constant in Caley 2 over the years, more often than not finding themselves at the top end of the table come the end of a season.
The club have grown further this year with the addition of a 2nd XV, competing in BT Caledonia Division 3 North.
“They have done excellently well on producing a 2nd XV, especially when player numbers are on the slide; they have done really well to buck that trend,” said Mountain.
“We’re confident as a group of players and coaches. We have worked incredibly hard over the past month tweaking and tidying up a few things to ensure we are as prepared as we can be for going up to Elgin.”
Rugby fans didn’t lack for action during November, with Scotland winning two out of three of their international Test matches at BT Murrayfield against Samoa and Australia and coming agonisingly close to a first ever win over New Zealand.
“It was great to see Scotland have some results against fellow tier one nations,” Mountain added.
“A sign of a good side is back up performances and to do that to Australia on the back of pushing the Kiwis close was brilliant.”