Heriot’s coach Phil Smith is urging his men to use the absence of competitive action over recent weeks to their favour when they welcome Currie to Goldenacre for tomorrow’s BT Premiership play-off semi-final.
Smith’s men topped the table in the standard programme and in any other season would already have been crowned champions. However, the introduction of play-offs means that the silverware is still at least 160 minutes away.
For Smith, the preparation has been far from ideal given the punctuated nature of the closing weeks of the campaign. Initially a fan of the play-off concept, his view has changed as a result of what he sees as unnecessary postponements during the RBS Six Nations. However, he has used that hiatus to build enthusiasm and is now looking for his men to translate that into a winning performance.
“The players have had a few weeks to get excited,” said Smith. “I am just hoping they don’t miss the point with their exuberance to do well. They have trained well, and as soon as we found out who our opponents were we have tried to quickly come up with a plan to get the win.”
Heriot’s have won all three matches between the sides this season but the closeness of those encounters is underlined by the fact that the cumulative winning margin totals only ten points.
Smith welcomes Stuart Edwards back from suspension and Russell Nimmo after injury to an otherwise settled squad.
Heriot’s: G Bryce, C Simpson, L Steele, K Buchan, C Goudie, G McNeish, G Wilson, N Borel, D McGregor, S Cessford, J Hill, J Turley, J Armstrong, J Mclean, D Levison. Subs: G Turner, S Mustard, JP Ward, R Nimmo, J Syme, S Edwards, M Learmonth