Up-and-coming back-row Will Bordill has had a great time recently testing himself in the Guinness PRO12 with Glasgow Warriors.

But today the 21-year-old is fully focused on helping Ayr reach the BT Premiership play-off final.

Bordill arrived in Scotland in the summer of 2013 after a two year stint with Sale Sharks down south and with nearly 20 caps for the Scotland under-20s in his locker.

Last season he played for Stirling County in the BT Premiership and trained part-time with the Warriors while this term he has been turning out for Ayr in club land and has stepped up the amount of training he does with the pro club at Scotstoun.

Impressive showings for Ayr, the Scotland Club XV and a few cameos off the bench for the Warriors earlier in the season meant that Gregor Townsend had no qualms about throwing him into PRO12 action more regularly during the Six Nations when so many frontline players were on international duty.

He came off the bench and scored a try against Zebre in mid-February and was also involved in the matches against the Ospreys, Munster and Zebre again.

"It has been great getting game time with the Warriors and hopefully I can kick on during the remainder of the season," Bordill said.

"Training with the guys pretty much every day has really helped me develop because it has shown me the level of performance I need to reach to be involved consistently.

"The PRO12 is pretty physical and the pace can be a bit of a shock to the system, but due to the conditioning work we do you get used to it pretty quickly and it was pleasing that we got some crucial wins under our belts during the Six Nations period."

Ahead of the semi-final with Melrose at Millbrae, Bordill has also enjoyed being part of Ayr's title push this term and has found working with the club's head coach Calum Forrester, a former Warriors back-row himself before injury took its toll, very beneficial.

The Scotland Club XV cap said: "I was made to feel very welcome at Ayr straight away and there are some really top quality players in the squad.

"Our aim was always to get into the top four and now we have done that we need to kick on and get ourselves a place in the final.

"Calum is a good young coach who knows a lot about how the modern game is played and he has helped me and the other back-row guys a lot."

With Hugh Blake - the Scotland training squad player who is currently on loan from Edinburgh to the Warriors - lining up in the Melrose back-row in this one that area of the pitch is going to be crucial when it comes to who comes out on top and makes the final on April 25.

"I have trained with Hugh at the Warriors this week and he is a good guy and a good player.

"Today is not about individuals though, it is about the team and at Ayr we are all very focused on this one," Bordill concluded.

Meanwhile, at Old Anniesland there is a crucial regular season BT Premiership encounter between Glasgow Hawks and Stirling County.

County make the short trip in eighth place, a point ahead of Hawks in ninth.

Whoever loses this one faces the prospect of a relegation play-off match with GHA on April 25.

Certainly for anyone who saw Hawks defeat Heriot's at Goldenacre back on the first day of the season or who saw County see off Melrose at Bridgehaugh the following week it is a surprise that they have found themselves in danger.

However, they are and Hawks assistant coach Peter Laverie said: "The players have worked hard in training this week and recognise that they have invested a lot over the course of the season so they are determined to do well. The BT Premiership has been a tight and exciting contest all season with the introduction of the play-offs - and it's not over yet."

Graeme Young, the County head coach, stated: "It's been a long three weeks lying in wait for our final league fixture. The squad were bitterly disappointed with the result against Edinburgh Accies last time out and they have worked hard in training since to be ready for this key match. "