Hawks end title bid of Heriot’s in tight affair

Glasgow Hawks pair Andy Redmayne, left, and Neil Herron challenge Russell Nimmo
Glasgow Hawks pair Andy Redmayne, left, and Neil Herron challenge Russell Nimmo
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Heriot’s had their slim RBS Premiership title aspirations officially extinguished when they went down 38-31 at home to Glasgow Hawks.

Phil Smith’s men bounced back from conceding three early tries, with Russell Nimmo bagging a double, while Michael Maltman and Ben Toolis had one apiece to trail by five points inside the final ten minutes. However, the visitors had too much in hand for their fellow RBS Cup semi-finallists and clinched all five league points with a sixth try before Colin Goudie dotted down for a late consolation score.

Edinburgh Accies are not yet guaranteed top-flight rugby next season after a 22-11 defeat at Ayr. A try from Alex Blair and two penalties by Alex Black edged Jonny Else’s men into an 11-10 lead entering the final quarter but they succumbed to a late flurry from the hosts and now sit seventh in the table.

Boroughmuir celebrated their RBS National League title victory with a 24-8 win away to Biggar. The Capital side had clinched the silverware seven days earlier when nearest challengers Watsonians suffered a defeat, and ’Muir coach Bruce Aitchison had urged his men to celebrate their success with a stylish performance. They achieved that objective with a double by Ross Bradford plus one try apiece for Stevie Wilson and Alex Cox, together with two conversions from Dave Reekie.

“Getting the trophy with the win was a great way to do it, and we are looking forward to finishing the season at home,” said Aitchison, who added: “We had a big travelling support and the league win is the result of a lot of hard work from a lot of people.”

’Sonians were under pressure to win away to GHA in order to remain in the battle for the promotion play-off. And Marcus Di Rollo’s side delivered in style, bagging six tries on the way to a 45-15 success. Ross Aitken, Ewan Miller, Mark Rennie, Martin Christie, Matt Brierley and Tom Hart all crossed the whitewash, while Ali Ledingham weighed in with three conversions and three penalties.

The win leaves ’Sonians four points behind Capital rivals Stewart’s Melville. The sides will clash at Myreside on March 22 to decide which of them will contest the promotion play-off.

With the race for the RBS Championship B title still very much alive, the contenders were desperate to record big scores. Livingston welcomed pacesetters Jedforest and played solidly but were eventually undone by the Borderers, whose 31-10 success means they must chalk up a bonus-point win against Lasswade in their final match of the campaign to secure the silverware.

Howe of Fife also remain in the hunt after posting a 72-15 win at home to Murrayfield Wanderers, but the end of Musselburgh’s challenge was confirmed despite ousting Aberdeenshire 55-26 at Stoneyhill. Meanwhile, on a day of high scoring, Haddington were 82-5 winners over Hawick YM and Lasswade recorded their fourth win of the campaign when they beat Kirkcaldy 43-26.