Rugby: Heriot’s keep their cup dream alive

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A 21-18 Heriot’s victory at Melrose to reach the Scottish rugby cup semi-final keeps the Goldenacre club on course for their third trophy and fourth final.

Tries by George Turner, Murray Douglas and Graham Wilson, who added two penalties, saw Heriot’s recover from 0-11 with 18 unanswered points before clinching victory with a late kick.

“We knew going to The Greenyards was going to be a monumental ask – but this team have stepped up to everything we have asked them to do. They want to win and they dig deep to make sure that they do,” said coach Phil Smith.

Melrose director of rugby Mike Dalgetty told the club’s website Heriot’s deserved to win, but added: “We have lost a rugby match, feel bad and get a bit narky, but hundreds if not thousands of families have lost their homes and perhaps everything they own with the terrible floods down South.”