Heriot’s aim to achieve elusive win over Glasgow

Jack Turley wants Heriot's to 'set a high standard'
Jack Turley wants Heriot's to 'set a high standard'
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Heriot’s skipper Jack Turley is urging his men to iron out the errors as they seek to post a BT Premiership win over Glasgow Hawks – something that eluded them last season.

Tomorrow’s opponents were the only team to do the double over the eventual champions and Turley, who was happy with most aspects of the performance in last week’s win over Hawick, wants to make amends.

“We haven’t put an 80-minute performance in,” he said. “We have set a high standard so we are a bit critical of ourselves at times but there’s obviously things we need to work on.

“But we’ve played three games and got 15 points so we must be doing something right. It’s just a couple of little things that we can tighten up on.”

And looking ahead to tomorrow’s trip, he added: “We owe them something for knocking us off twice last year. The boys are looking forward to it and it’s going to be a huge game for us.”

Heriot’s make two changes to the starting line-up with John Semple and Max Learmonth coming in for the unavailable Charlie Simpson and Andy Matthew, while youngsters Hugh Fraser and Rob Kay are promoted to the bench.

Boroughmuir will have Sam Gibson in for Finn Field who received two yellow cards in the win at Melrose when they entertain basement side Selkirk. Boroughmuir coach Bruce Aitchison will warn his men that they must be wary of the Borderers, who have been improving in recent weeks and are coached by former Meggetland favourite Peter Wright, who would love to inflict a first defeat of the campaign on the Capital team.

Currie, winners over Selkirk last week, are on the road to meet Hawick, with the unavailability of players again heavily influencing team selection. Coach Ben Cairns has selected Matt McPhillips at full back for the injured Ruaraidh Smith, while his half-back pairing puts James Bywater start at stand-off with Richard Snedden returning at scrum-half. In the pack, Luke Crosbie replaces the unavailable Travis Brooke.

BT National League clubs will take the first steps along a road that could lead to BT Murrayfield next spring when the first-round ties of the BT Cup are contested. Among the more hazardous assignments is Stewart’s Melville’s trip to face Division Two table toppers Hamilton Bulls, and Musselburgh’s tie at Kelso.

Edinburgh Accies have also been drawn away and will need to be on their mettle against a Perthshire side currently in good form.

Watsonians welcome Ardrossan Accies, who sit in the lower half of Division Two, Preston Lodge enjoy home advantage against West of Scotland, and RHC Cougars should enjoy a competitive tussle with East Kilbride at Barnton.

Among the clubs looking to score wins over higher-rated opposition are Lasswade who line up against high flying BT Division One pacesetters Marr at Hawthornden, Livingston, whose target will be to topple Falkirk, and Haddington who take on Dundee High at Neilson Park.