Smith makes title aim after Heriot’s Ayr raid

Phil Smith (library pic)
Phil Smith (library pic)
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Heriot’s coach Phil Smith insists his men are aiming high after they returned from their trip to face fellow RBS Premiership challengers Ayr with a 17-5 win to their credit.

The Goldenacre men had the better of the champions throughout the match and a first half double by Max Nimmo, both converted by Graham Wilson, eased them into a 14-0 interval lead. Despite their greater share of possession in the second period, Heriot’s failed to add to their tally until Wilson slotted a penalty 15 minutes from the end. That ensured there was no way back for the hosts despite a late try from Grant Anderson. The result leaves the Capital men in third spot, seven points adrift of pacesetters Gala.

Commenting on his side’s performance, Smith said: “We were in control for large parts of the game because our defence and our attack were outstanding. We want to win the league.”

Another side with an eye on silverware is Boroughmuir. The club bounced back from two successive defeats in the RBS National League to see off Peebles 27-10 at Meggetland.

Rob Cairns marked his 100th appearance for ’Muir with the first of five tries for the hosts and he was joined on the scoresheet by Johnny Adams, Joni Hare, Iain Moody and Jordan Webster, with a David Reekie conversion accounting for the other points.

’Muir now have an eight point advantage over Watsonians, who cranked up their challenge with a thumping 85-10 win over Hillhead/Jordanhill at Myreside.

’Sonians bagged 12 tries, Mark Rennie dotting down twice, while there was one apiece for Ally Ledingham, Rory Steel, Ramsay Young, Chris Abram, Ben Di Rollo, Matt Brierly, Matt Page, Danny Mossa, Chris Scott and Mike Ker, who also weighed in with 11 conversions and a penalty for a personal haul of 30 points.

Musselburgh remain in pole position in RBS Championship Division B after chalking up a 32-20 win at Livingston. The home side reached half time with a 15-13 advantage, but ’Burgh raised the pace in the second period and, with the game poised at 20-20, kicked on with late tries through Willie Todd and James Doig to secure all five league points. With Jedforest easy winners over Hawick YM and Howe of Fife posting a success at Aberdeenshire, an intense battle between the three is in prospect as the league programme moves towards a conclusion.

Murrayfield Wanderers were on the road to face Kirkcaldy, looking to build on an impressive cup win the previous week. However, it proved to be a disappointing trip for Dave Wilson’s men who went down 37-15 to the Fifers.

Meanwhile, Lasswade recorded only their third win of the campaign when they edged out Haddington 19-17 at Hawthornden.