Ayr V Heriot’s Final Score 29-23
It was a final with edge-of-the-seat action from start to finish.
An early drop goal by Stuart Edwards and a following converted try took Heriot’s into an early 10 point lead however Ayr battled back to take the lead just before the break, they then fell behind again early in the second half only to show huge levels of composure and self-belief to send a kickable penalty to the corner with 12 minutes to go (when they only needed one point to regain the lead), from which they rumbled a line-out maul over for the game’s decisive score.
Although disappointed not to win Heriot’s can be very proud of their performance.
In an interview with The Offside Line post match Head Coach Phil Smith said “That was a real game of rugby. It was high-intensity, great end-to-end stuff, great passages of play which were error-free and Ayr deserved to win it so fair play to them. I was hoping we could get one more possession in their half at the end, because we looked dangerous most of the day in their area, so it would have been good to apply a bit of pressure to see how they reacted – but we didn’t manage it. The boys are disappointed but we get to play them again in the Cup Final in three weeks’ time so that is a cracking opportunity to go hard again.”
Scottish Cup Semi Final at Murrayfield Saturday 27th April 3.30pm kick off.
A victory for Heriot’s Ladies away at Howe of Fife sees them in the Cup semi final on Sunday 14th April to take on Watsonians at Myreside. Kick off 2pm. Come along to lend your support as the possibilities of a double header in the Cup finals on “Silver Saturday” for both the men and women’s team is now within our grasp.
Tickets for the Cup Final are now on sale online directly from the SRU. To ensure that Heriot’s receives the gate commission please buy your tickets through the club link which is below :-