Heriot’s coach Phil Smith was worried that the BT Cup holders were heading for the exit when they trailed Howe of Fife at the interval in Saturday’s quarter-final, but a controlled second-half performance overturned the deficit and secured a semi-final tie against Hawick. A 33-30 success kept them on track for a potential league and cup double.
Tries by Fraser Clark and Iain Wilson, plus a 13-point kicking contribution by Dom Martin, helped the visitors to a deserved 23-7 lead at the interval, Jamie Syme bagging a converted try for Heriot’s.
However, two penalty tries and a touchdown by Charlie Simpson gave Heriot’s the lead for the first time and Jono Armstrong dotted down to finally quell the challenge of the impressive third tier side who had the final word when Steve Martin claimed a late converted try.
“We are delighted to get through,” said Smith. “While we made things difficult for ourselves, take nothing away from Howe – they were fantastic. At 23-7 down at half time, they did have us worried. Thankfully, we fixed a couple of things and turned it around.”
Stewart’s Melville posted a commanding 54-19 win over Hillhead/Jordanhill in BT National Division One. Ciaran White scored two of their eight tries as StewMel moved to within a point of second-placed GHA.
Musselburgh stayed top of Division Two with a comfortable 63-14 win at home to Whitecraigs. The bonus-point win means Burgh remain four points clear of Hamilton Bulls.
Livingston went down 91-0 at Kirkcaldy, while Haddington were beaten 60-5 away to Greenock Wanderers.
Lasswade clung to top spot in Division Three after grinding out a 14-11 win at East Kilbride. However, with no bonus point, their nearest challengers, Preston Lodge, closed the gap with an 85-14 win at home to Murrayfield Wanderers.
RHC Cougars were also impressive in a 48-19 success over Dalziel to remain fourth.