Smith calls for more attacking impetus at Heriot’s

Russell Nimmo has been recalled into the Heriot's squad. Pic: Jon Savage
Russell Nimmo has been recalled into the Heriot's squad. Pic: Jon Savage
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Heriot’s coach Phil Smith has warned his players ahead of their trip to Gala on BT Premiership duty tomorrow that they must repeat the high standards achieved during last week’s win over Ayr if they want to retain top spot in the table.

The Goldenacre side moved into pole position with some sparkling rugby last week, seven days after losing in a high-scoring encounter at Melrose. However, Smith still identified shortcomings in attack.

“After playing well for most of last week’s game we are disappointed in the way we were unable to manufacture enough opportunities in the second half to press for the fourth and all-important bonus-point try”, he said.

Smith makes a single change to his starting side, with Ben Toolis unavailable after being named on the bench for Edinburgh tonight. Russell Nimmo steps in.

Gala, who are one point behind Heriot’s in the table, are also without their professional contingent as they look to bounce back from a loss at Melrose.

After all being at home last week, the Capital’s top-flight contingent are all on the road for the final round of fixtures in the first half of the league programme.

Injuries and unavailability mean that Edinburgh Accies coach Phil Leck has made five enforced changes to the side heading for Stirling County with the objective of building on last week’s first victory of the campaign. However, he welcomes back the experienced trio Lewis Niven, Tom Stuart and Iain Berthinussen.

Boroughmuir have highly-rated stand-off Chris Laidlaw in their line-up for the first time as they travel to Hawick buoyed by a narrow win last week.

Currie benefit from being aligned to Glasgow Warriors and have four full-timers released for the match at Glasgow Hawks.

Elsewhere, third-placed Watsonians travel to meet Dundee High bidding to maintain their challenge in a tight promotion race in BT National Division One, and Stewart’s-Melville, who lie fourth, are on the road for an assignment at Hillhead/Jordanhill.