Following the outstanding win over Currie on Saturday, Heriot’s became the only club to have won the Charity Shield, the Scottish Cup, the Premiership Trophy and have its name inscribed on the McLaren Shield.
With previous home wins over Premiership opposition under the belt – Stirling County, Watsonians and Boroughmuir – the pressure was on to gain the elusive 4th victory to have Heriot’s name inscribed on the McLaren Shield. Having been in the position twice before and just been pipped there was a real desire for this team to its create its own piece of history.
The pitch was in fantastic condition despite the overnight frost and it was perfect for an open game of rugby. Both sides came out looking to play an expansive game and it was only down to superb defences that more tries were not scored, the Murray Beith Murray Man of the Match Jack McClean finishing with a tackle count Richie Gray would be proud of.
Despite the festive break the players came back looking fit and hungry and ready to play, this they duly did, taking the game to Currie scoring early doors through a penalty from Alex Haggart and an unconverted try by Struan Cessford. Another penalty and a converted Andrew Simmers try saw the score looking pretty healthy at 18 v 3 going in to the final minute of the first half, however, Ross Weston saw to it that the half time rest was not so relaxed with a converted try for Currie.
A contender for try of the month, however, took Heriot’s 15 points clear – the 35 yard rolling maul proving unstoppable and who else but centre Rory Carmichael coming up with the ball. Despite intense pressure Currie were only able to add one converted try to their total, Heriot’s holding out for an important win that takes us back up to 4th place in the Premiership.
While this was a key game for us as there still 3 must win games to go in the Premiership as we look to defend the Premiership Trophy. Our next game on Saturday is away to Gala where we now also look to hold on to the McLaren Shield on the road, so all to play for at Netherdale – 3.00pm kick off.
Many thanks to Linda Lawson for presenting the McLaren Shield to Heriot’s Captain Rory Carmichael after the game.
For those of you unable to make it to Goldenacre the game is now available to watch on the Scottish Rugby TV site.
The next home match is against Melrose on 11th February and with 150+ already booked in for lunch I would suggest you contact Shona Whyte ASAP to guarantee a seat. firstname.lastname@example.org.