With the start of the season just a week away both sets of coaches were keen to get further insight in to how the hours of pre season preparation had impacted on the players and how their new recruits were settling in to the new systems.
While Heriot’s were able to field a pack that was largely the same as last year, with the notable addition of Adam Sinclair in the second row, this was an opportunity for Phil and Bruce to look at the different combinations and options in the back division. Exciting young talent Alex Ball, Dom Martin, resurgent Stuart Edwards back from a year out through injury, Liam Faughlin, Ross Jones and Craig Robertson were all able to show their wares.
In an enthralling start to the game it was Heriot’s who were very much in the ascendancy, however, were unable to get any points on the board until the 25th minute when Michael Liness dotted down in the corner and as the first half wore on it was Accies who increased the tempo finishing the half on top 14 12.
Any thoughts that Heriot’s would step on the gas and breeze through the second half were swiftly dampened as Accies scored a further two tries and we found ourselves 28 12 adrift. This seemed to be the wake up call that was needed and with numerous substitutions being made by both sets of coaches we worked our way back in to the game through solid forward power and neat back interplay as the boys started clicking through the gears. As Accies tired, it was Heriot’s who finished the better and the last 20 minutes belonged to Heriot’s.
The final score of 33 28 in our favour was probably a fair result on balance and it was an excellent workout for both teams, with both sets of coaches relatively satisfied, whilst recognising there was still plenty to work to do.
Our first game of the season is at home to Stirling County – 15:00 kick off on Saturday 2 September and we’ll will be looking to get off to a positive start as the matches come thick and fast until the break for the autumn internationals in November. Bearing in mind Melrose finished last season only losing 2 league games there is not much wriggle room and we need to get things right from the get go.
With pre match lunches going from strength to strength we would encourage you to book up well in advance and you should contact Shona Whyte for more information and to book spaces – firstname.lastname@example.org. Once again you will be entertained by some of the biggest names in Scottish rugby, more often than not hosted by the inimitable Iain Milne, so an excellent opportunity to host clients and guests and watch a fantastic brand of rugby at an affordable cost.
This season we will be posting regular match reports from David Barnes of the Offside Line – Scottish club rugby’s best link with the outside world – www.theoffsideline.com, player profiles will be uploaded on to the website and there will be regular articles on all aspects of Heriot’s Rugby Club throughout the season.
Exciting times ahead so come along and support Premiership club rugby at Goldenacre.