Heriot’s aim to maintain momentum for play-offs

Phil Smith. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Phil Smith. Picture: Ian Rutherford

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Heriot’s can maintain momentum going into top four play-offs when they undertake a final game of the regular BT Premiership season at home to Gala.

Having already qualified the Capital outfit know the fate of others, including Currie, is in their hands against a Gala side for whom it is a ‘must-win’ fixture.

Coach Phil Smith is hoping the team bounce back from a Scottish Cup semi-final defeat last week at Hawick but is still counting the cost.

“Last week has taken its toll with a number of changes enforced through injury niggles and suspension. Borel, Nimmo, Syme, Mustard, Wilson and Edwards have either been benched or have dropped out.”

Stepping up are new half-backs Rhys Davies and Gregor McNeish along with Colin Goudie, J-P Ward and Edinburgh pro George Turner. Clubs’ cap Jason Hill moves forward to second row.

“It has been a tough week lifting the boys’ spirits. However, we have trained well, paying particular attention to grounding the ball,” said Smith.

That was a reference to a claim for a late winning “try” that was disallowed

“With Gala going for the fourth spot we know that it is going to be a tough afternoon.

“We are still preparing with the hope that we can get a run of fixtures to lead us into the play-offs, however there is a sense now that this may not be possible.”

Gala coach George Graham said: “We are under no illusions as to the task ahead. Heriot’s are the top side in Scotland.”