Magnificent seven takes Heriot’s second in table

Max Learmonth scored for Heriot's. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Max Learmonth scored for Heriot's. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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HERIOT’S took their winning run in the RBS Premiership to seven matches with a hard-fought 18-13 victory away to Glasgow Hawks.

The Capital outfit reached the break with a slender 7-5 advantage after Keith Buchan had touched down and Graham Wilson added the conversion in response to an unconverted try for the hosts. A penalty by Buchan and a try from Max Learmonth shortly after the restart extended the advantage and a subsequent penalty from Wilson completed the job. With the British & Irish Cup representatives absent from league action, the win has moved Heriot’s into second spot.

At the other end, bottom team Currie travelled to meet Hawick, the side immediately above them, desperate for a win to avoid becoming detached at the foot of the table. Teenager Ruaridh Smith touched down to give Ally Donaldson’s men an ideal start but the Borderers fought back to inflict a 21-12 defeat and add to Currie’s woes.

In the RBS National League, Boroughmuir moved a further point clear at the top after taking all five points from a 50-3 win over Biggar, while nearest pursuers Watsonians had to settle for four points from a 19-8 success against GHA.

Boroughmuir skipper Andy Rose was celebrating his selection for the Zimbabwe training squad ahead of November’s Tri-Nations tournament with Namibia and Kenya. And he had even more reason to enjoy his Saturday night after he and his colleagues shrugged off a slow start to go on and dominate proceedings. Lock Greig Scott was the unlikely try hero as he touched down for three of the Meggetland men’s seven tries, with Rob Cairns, Joni Hare and Josh Edmunds claiming one apiece, while Alex Cox continued his prolific scoring run with the other touchdown and Dave Reekie booted six conversions and a penalty.

Watsonians’ victory leaves them eight points adrift of their neighbours. Tom Hart dotted down and Ben Di Rollo kicked the other points for the Myreside men whose next assignment is a Capital derby with Stewart’s Melville, who continued their run of improved form, running in six tries on their way to a 32-12 win at Kelso.

Livingston visited RBS Championship Division B pacesetters Jed-Forest but lost 50-13. Musselburgh remain in pursuit of the Borderers after their long haul to meet Aberdeenshire yielded a 29-22 success. Player coach Grant Talac led the way for ’Burgh with the opening try and he was joined on the try sheet by Willie Todd, Ryan Hamilton and Andy Lamb. Haddington beat Hawick YM 40-8, and Lasswade had the consolation of a narrow defeat bonus point after losing 17-10 at Kirkcaldy. Murrayfield Wanderers went down 34-5 at home to Howe of Fife.