Heriot’s focus on final after night with Baa Baas

Colin Goudie punches the air after scoring against the Barbarians. Pic: Ian Rutherford
Colin Goudie punches the air after scoring against the Barbarians. Pic: Ian Rutherford
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Heriot’s winger Colin Goudie will always remember the night he scored two tries against the famous Barbarians – but now his attentions have turned to the more important matter of the BT Premiership final this weekend.

Last night in front of a crowd of 2000 at Goldenacre, Goudie, the Scotland Club XV cap, scored a double and Max Learmonth, Jamie Syme and Chris Muligan also crossed in the special match to mark both sides’ 125th anniversaries.

However, the home side were humbled 97-31 by a Baa-Baas side coached by former Scotland centre Sean Lineen.

Goudie, who has played for the Barbarians himself, said of the experience: “It was a really great night for the club and something a lot of people have been working hard to arrange for a long time.

“Not many players get the chance to play against the Barbarians on a glorious evening in Edinburgh in front of family and friends so it is something I will always remember.

“From a personal point of view, it is always good to score tries and I particularly enjoyed my second one when I managed to find a bit of space and make the most of it. Yes, the Baa-Baas ran in fifteen tries, but we scored five and that was tough against many pro and international players.

“Now we have to dust ourselves down, get our serious heads back on over the next few days and really focus on the BT Premiership final against Melrose.

“Players like myself and Graham Wilson have been at this club a long time and we have never managed to win the league, so it is the one we really want. It has been a while since we played our semi-final, but we will be ready for this match and hopefully a big crowd will again be down cheering us on.”

Namibian winger Chrysander Botha scored two early tries for the Baa-Baas before Heriot’s got themselves on the scoresheet in the 13th minute when centre Learmonth did well to poach an interception and run in from nearly 30 metres out.

Botha then completed his hat-trick before Goudie was the next man to benefit from an interception as he went in at the corner for Heriot’s.

The Baa-Baas’ next one came from winger Joshua Adams of the Scarlets and full-back James Prichard, Botha again and Scotland cap Grayson Hart all scored before half-time.

Heriot’s stalwart Syme did get one back before the break, the big second-row crashing under the posts to make it 45-19 at the interval. At the start of the second 40 minutes, the Baa Baas were in no mood to stop scoring and Scotland cap Scott MacLeod went over after being set-up by Botha.

The best try of the night then came from Heriot’s.

Goudie started with the ball in his own half and, after seeing a gap, ran into it and, a chip, chase and lovely gather later, he was over for the score.

Before the hour mark, the Barbarians scored two more tries through Gloucester centre Aled Thomas and Adams.

Heriot’s replacement Mulligan then got his side’s final try of the match before the hosts started to tire and the flamboyant ‘visitors’ took full advantage.

Back-row Chris Jones went over before Adams completed his hat-trick and then replacement scrum-half Ali Price darted over.

Replacement Baa-Baas Aled Summerhill and Titi Lamositele then got in on the act, but with them three points away from the three figures, referee David Changleng brought a halt to proceedings.

Heriot’s vice-president Iain Milne said: “It was a great night for the club. We are really chuffed with how everything went.

“Obviously, the Barbarians scored a few points, but they had a good side out there and our guys are now looking forward to Saturday’s BT Premiership final against Melrose. It was also great to see so many old faces back at the club and it is what club rugby is all about.”

Barbarians captain Gordon Ross said: “It was good to be back at Goldenacre where I used to play and I was just pleased to have so much pace outside of me because these guys can score tries for fun.”

Scorers:

Heriot’s: Tries: Learmonth, Goudie (2), Syme, Mulligan. Cons: Wilson (2), Mustard. Barbarians: Tries: Botha (4), Adams (3), Pritchard, Hart, MacLeod, Thomas, Jones, Price, Summerhill, Lamositele. Cons: Prichard (6), Thomas (4), Ross.

Heriot’s: C Simpson; H Boisseau, L Steele, M Learmonth, C Goudie; S Edwards, G Wilson; N Borel, S Mustard, S Cessford, R Nimmo, J Syme, J Ritchie, J Hill, J McLean. Subs used: D McGregor, JP Ward, B Cogley, C Mulligan, D Sommerville, G McNeish, K Buchan, D McMaster, J Turley.

Barbarians: J Prichard; C Botha, S Naqelevuki, A Thomas, J Adams; G Ross, G Hart; A Croall, M Mayhew, B Douglas, S MacLeod, K Low, C Morgan, C Jones, M Hankin. Subs used: N Cochrane, A Brown, T Lamositele, L McGlone, J Eddie, A Price, I McKinley, A Summerhill.