Games against Watsonians have been reduced to friendlies of late, however the boys from Myreside came to Goldenacre with a spring in their step following an excellent win over Ayr the previous week and having beaten us in the first game of the season.
Changed days, however, and it Heriot’s who stepped up considerably playing the type of offoading game that Watsonians could only dream of scoring 10 tries in the process and denying the opposition a bonus point loss.
This was the day the sun shone, there was a sell out lunch with eight British Lions in attendance, pipers piping, kids entertainment a plenty, the best pro dancers in Scotland and the highest quality rugby you could wish to see. One Lion stating the first half was the best 40 minutes of rugby he had seen at Goldenacre.
Two halves of champagne rugby that that had even the most ardent Watsonians standing to applaud, this was the culmination of four months of hard graft, working on a new strategy and developing a new squad following the success of last year. Phil and Stevie should rightly take the plaudits for all their efforts. From 1 – 20 there was a hunger and desire to compete for every ball and skill levels that were off the scale. There is no doubt that next week will be a much stiffer test over at Ayr but the boys will be brimming with confidence and having won the BT Premiership trophy at Millbrae last year we know what it takes to get the points.
The 2s also gained a valuable 5 points, winning up at Myreside on Friday night and maintaining their challenge at the top of the league with a number of players putting themselves in the mix for 1st XV selection this week.
The 3s were touched off by 2 points by Jedforest, however the strides they have made this season should not be underestimated and Stoddy and the boys should be very proud of what they are building.
The missing link for the 3s is a forwards coach so if anyone feels they have the necessary attributes and a bit of time to help a highly motivated and enthusiastic group of players please get in touch – David Stoddart – firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you were fortunate enough to make it to Goldenacre you will have seen the efforts we are making to provide the best matchday experience we can both on and off the pitch. There are two home games before the festive break against an Italy under 23 side on 19th November and Boroughmuir on 10th December where we will be aiming for the 3rd defence of the McLaren Shield. I would encourage all to come along, this time bring a friend/work colleague/family member – the Premiership is a fantastic product and there is great rugby being played every week – get reacquainted with your local club.