Second-half fightback keeps Heriot’s in hunt

Nathan Borel (left) scored a try for Heriot's
Nathan Borel (left) scored a try for Heriot's
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Heriot’s displayed their battling qualities and moved closer to securing a BT Premiership play-off spot after coming from behind to see off Hawick 29-15 at Goldenacre.

The hosts trailed 15-7 at the break with Glenn Bruce touching down and Graham Wilson converting. However, it was a transformed Heriot’s side that took to the field for the second half and they squared matters through a Wilson penalty and a Jack Turley try before claiming the bonus-point win with a Nathan Borel touchdown and a penalty try, both converted by Wilson.

The Goldenacre side could be joined in the competition’s knockout phase by Currie, who edged closer to a place in the top four with a comprehensive win over Gala at Malleny Park.

The hosts had a double from Kevin Bryce, both converted by James Semple, to thank for a 14-0 interval lead. And the visitors were left with too much to do after Ross Weston bagged a third try early in the second half and Semple again converted.

Despite unconverted tries by Gala’s Scott Wilkinson and Keith Young, Currie saw out the game for a 21-10 win that leaves them a point adrift of fourth spot and hitting form at the right stage of the season.

Stewart’s Melville leapfrogged Capital rivals Watsonians into third spot in BT National Division One after the duo had mixed fortunes.

Seb Trotter bagged a double while there was one try apiece for Neil Bowie, Matt Morrell and Matt Hannay as StewMel saw off Peebles 34-18.

Elsewhere, Chad Northcott had a self-converted try and two penalties as Sonians reached the break locked at 13-13 away to Aberdeen Grammar. However, the only addition in the second half was a penalty by Julien Hyardet as the hosts emerged as 25-16 winners. With second-placed GHA also going down, only three points cover second to fourth places.

Division Two promotion hopefuls Musselburgh were on the road to face fellow challengers Howe of Fife, and it was a tough trip for the Stoneyhill side. Burgh were only 21-15 down at the break but the Fifers had the better of the second period to seal a 38-20 win.

Meanwhile, basement side Haddington lost 36-8 at home to Cartha Queens Park, while Livingston went down 76-6 away to Aberdeenshire.

An intriguing race for promotion from Division Three gathered pace. Preston Lodge posted a bonus point win at Perthshire, returning with a 39-16 success to their credit to remain on the heels of pace-setters West of Scotland, who also had a five-point haul. Lasswade sit one point adrift in third place after they posted a 32-12 win away to Hawick YM.

Elsewhere, RHC Cougars ensured they still have an interest in the battle to make the step up after producing the division’s performance of the day as they recorded a 24-13 win away to Dumfries Saints that leaves the Barnton men in fifth place.

Basement side Murrayfield Wanderers were left empty- handed once more after losing 25-17 at home to Dalziel.