Heriot’s captain Jack Turley praised the way the new faces in his side performed after the Goldenacre men lifted the BT Charity Shield on Saturday.
The reigning top flight champions defeated Capital rivals Boroughmuir 28-25 in a curtain-raiser to the Scotland-Italy match at BT Murrayfield.
And after he lifted the trophy, New Zealander Turley took time out to pay tribute to those who were playing a competitive fixture for the club for the first time.
Prop Murray McCallum and hooker Michael Liness put in good shifts up front while full-back John Semple looks a classy performer and the likes of Roan Van Heerden, Tom Wilson, Clarke Smith and Iain Wilson all showed what they can offer.
Back-row Turley said: “I have been very impressed with the way that the new guys have come in this summer, bought into the ethos that we have and have really created a battle for places in the first XV squad as a result.
“In this match we perhaps did not play to our best, but credit to the team when Boroughmuir came fighting back at us we did not panic and managed to get another couple of tries to seal things. To get the chance to run out at Murrayfield was also something special and now we must put in a hard week of training ahead of our BT Premiership opener against Currie on Saturday.”
The weekend’s encounter got off to a slow start, and Heriot’s led 6-3 when the game burst into life as centre Liam Steele scored a well-worked try for Heriot’s.
That in turn forced Boroughmuir to up their game and they did just that with winger Jordan Edmunds bagging a try.
That meant that Heriot’s were 11-8 up at the break and when the sides scored respective tries through Liness and replacement hooker Sean Crombie it was 16-15. Edmunds’ second try put Boroughmuir 20-16 up before two more tries from Heriot’s.
They came from replacements Charlie Simpson and Iain Wilson and although Crombie grabbed his second for Boroughmuir, Heriot’s held on. For Heriot’s Scotland under-20 man McCallum and centre Josh Laird were impressive while Edmunds was ‘Muir’s most potent threat and second-row Sam Gibson put in a good shift.
Boroughmuir: Tries: Edmunds 2, Crombie 2. Pen: Laidlaw. Con: Laidlaw.
Heriot’s: Tries: Steele, Liness, Simpson, I Wilson. Pens: Semple 2. Con: Edwards.
Boroughmuir: C Marshall; R Bradford, A Cox, G Cannie, J Edmunds; C Laidlaw, J Adams; R Wilson, C Davies, C Bachurzewski, S Gibson, F Field, I Moody, C Reid, A Rose. Subs used: S Crombie, D Robertson, C Keddie, R Smith.
Heriot’s: J Semple; M Learmonth, L Steele, J Laird, H Boisseau; S Edwards, T Wilson; M McCallum, M Liness, S Cessford, R Nimmo, R Van Heerden, J Turley, S Dewar, C Mulligan. Subs used: S Mustard, C Smith, I Wilson, G Wilson, C Ferguson, C Simpson.
Referee: N Paterson.