Lawrie praises forwards for putting Heriot’s in union

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Heriot’s forwards coach Steve Lawrie has praised his pack for their contribution to Friday’s BT Premiership win at Boroughmuir.

The Goldenacre side had committed a string of uncharacteristic errors in suffering a first defeat of the campaign the previous weekend. But they were back on song at Meggetland and the 23-14 victory fired Heriot’s back into pole position in the league table ahead of this weekend’s trip to Melrose.

“There was a focus,” said Lawrie of his side’s showing. “We knew Boroughmuir were going to be good up front. So, we were pleased with that. The players worked really hard. They put a lot of effort into it so it’s no surprise when they put out that kind of performance.”

Of the props who contributed to a dominant effort by Heriot’s in the set piece, he added: “We have Murray McCallum on the loose-head side and if he is not the kind of guy who can kick on and play lots of professional rugby and go further, then I just don’t know what is because he is class.”

McCallum’s talent has been recognised with international selection at age-group level. However, that is not the case with his tight-head colleague Struan Cessford, whom Lawrie believes would also thrive if given an opportunity.

“Every week he turns it out and he has got ambitions,” said the former Edinburgh pro who was capped by Scotland before retiring through injury. “He is an intelligent guy and he has a good job but I would love to see him in a back up game or some sort of environment like that and see how he goes against a bigger guy. For a man who is so tall on the tight head side, he is a cornerstone of our pack.”

As with Cessford, Lawrie’s contribution to the club’s success over the past four years has often been underplayed and he modestly deflected the credit, adding: “I’m not an innovator. I am the biggest magpie you will ever meet. When you have been coached by the likes of Andy Robinson and Todd Blackadder, you are always stealing bits.”

Meanwhile, Lasswade have slipped to fifth place in the BT National Division One table after going down 25-7 at home to Falkirk on Friday, while Livingston had to settle for a narrow defeat bonus point after being squeezed out 19-18 at home to Irvine on Saturday.