Heriot’s Mustard keen for fifth final appearance

Stewart Mustard

Stewart Mustard

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STEWART MUSTARD will be bidding to reach a remarkable fifth Scottish rugby cup final appearance tomorrow as part of a Heriot’s squad that visits Hawick in the semi-final.

Front rower Mustard, three times a winner, knows that concentration must be maintained throughout after Heriot’s received an almighty fright in the previous round.

Trailing 7-23 to a Howe of Fife team lying 26 places below them in the league structure, Heriot’s eventually fought back to win 33-30.

“Firstly, Howe played very well but I don’t know whether our mindset was wrong or whether we were a bit rusty,” said Mustard. “In a win like that, though, there is always something positive that can be taken and we will be all the better for showing some character at Hawick.”

Heriot’s coach Phil Smith noted that his side have taken full points from Hawick in the league this season but takes nothing for granted.

“The cup serves up all sorts of form, as we bore witness to against Howe of Fife. With Hawick, I am sure they will be hoping to get a win as a springboard to achieving top-four status and a league play-off place.”

Jack Turley returns and Max Learmonth gets a start, with Danny Levison and Josh Laird dropping to the bench.

In a major boost, George Turner, who figured for Edinburgh at Leinster this season, makes a long-awaited comeback from injury.