The McLaren Shield had its first road trip in four years on Saturday taking in the scenic A7 en route to Netherdale. On a fine afternoon for rugby Heriot’s came out of the traps firing on all cylinders and within the first five minutes were 5 v 0 to the good, however, despite any number of incursions in to the Gala 22 were unable to convert any further points in an error strewn first half.
The half time team talk and a couple of tactical changes seemed to refocus the boys with the game opening up and space becoming easier to find. As a result we gained the upper hand and controlled the ball and territory for the majority of the second period. Gala claimed the bragging rights at scrum time, however, strong defence and first up tackles led to Gala mistakes which we were able to capitalise on and with this coinciding with being more clinical gave us the opportunity to finish off three well crafted tries, which were supplemented by the boot of Andrew Simmers.
This bonus point win and our positive points difference over Currie along with the rest of the results means there is no change in the Premiership positions and we now just have to win our final two games to claim the final play off spot. No easy task with Melrose coming to Goldenacre on 11th February and then Stirling County at Bridgehaugh on 18th February. Congratulations to Melrose, Ayr and Glasgow Hawks who have already guaranteed their play off places.
The 2s completed a good day at Netherdale for Heriot’s with a hard fought 38 v 21 win. The long awaited return of Stuart Edwards from serious injury who completed the full 80 minutes being the highlight of the game. After a tight first half the forwards wrestled control and we gained the upper hand pulling away consolidating second place in the National Reserve League in the process.
The 3rd XV had another tough day at the office going down 29 v 24 to Accies which leaves us with plenty to do to maintain our place in East Reserve 1, however it still very tight at the bottom and five games to play.
This week the McLaren Shield picks up a few more air miles as we travel to play Kirkcaldy in the 3rd round of the BT Scottish Cup. 2009 was the last time we played at Beveridge Park and we are looking forward to a fantastic Scottish Cup tie.
A FREE supporters bus is being laid on for all members so get behind the boys and make the trip over the Forth. The bus will leave Goldenacre at 1.00pm and return after the game. Please contact Shona Whyte to book your seat. 07894 813143 or email firstname.lastname@example.org