Heriot’s eat up Currie but coach expects more

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Heriot’s coach Phil Smith insists there is more to come from his side after they posted a 32-19 win at Currie, to remain in the top four of the RBS Premiership.

Focusing on the positive aspects, Smith said: “The set piece was good and our defence was solid,” before pointing to the less satisfactory aspects, adding: “But in open play we were too loose and we really didn’t play all that well.”

He reserved particular praise for his front row trio of Craig Owenson, Kevin Bryce and Stuart Mustard, who achieved a rare feat by each scoring a try – Harry Boisseau also touched down and Graham Wilson, pictured below, kicked the rest as Heriot’s earned their first bonus point of the season.

“We got nothing out of Currie last year, so we are delighted to take five points,” added Smith, who acknowledged the contribution of the hosts, saying: “Fair play to them. They are building a squad.”

An injury to Currie flanker Malcolm Peacock was not the fracture initially feared, but meant the final minutes of the game were played on an adjacent pitch. Currie’s points came from a Joe Roe try and a 14-point haul for George Horne on a difficult afternoon for the club who had three representatives at the memorial service for their former George Watson’s colleague Iain Brown.

Elsewhere, Boroughmuir saw off Kelso 51-0 to keep the pressure on RBS National League leaders Watsonians. Alex Cox and Malcolm Clapperton had two tries apiece and there was one each for Joni Hare and Sam Johnson, while Dave Reekie booted 21 points.

While the points haul was satisfying for Boroughmuir coach Bruce Aitchison, shutting out their opponents was equally pleasing. He said: “We were delighted to score more than 50 points but keeping a clean sheet was a huge reward for the hard work in defence. We’ll need the defence to stay strong this Saturday when we have a tough trip away to Selkirk.”

Stewart’s Melville rediscovered the winning feeling after three successive defeats, posting a 22-14 success at home to Biggar. Alan Whittingham bagged the first of his side’s four tries and he was joined on the score sheet by Ben Wilson, Jonathan Hamblin and Christy O’Donnell, with Mike Hanning landing one of the conversions.

Musselburgh feature in a group of four sides that have broken clear in RBS Championship B after returning from their short trip to meet Lasswade with a bonus 27-14 win to their credit after James Doig bagged a double and was joined on the score sheet by Andrew Binikos and Joshua James.

At Almond Park, Aaron Johnston and Ross Neil had two tries apiece and Gavin Douglas weighed in with two conversions and a penalty, as Livingston saw off Hawick YM 27-0 to leapfrog Haddington, who were beaten 61-7 away to Howe of Fife.

Meanwhile, Murrayfield Wanderers are rooted to the bottom of the table and still seeking their first league points after losing 41-0 on their trip to face pacesetters Jed-Forest.