Heriot’s And Aberdeen Grammar Turn Corner In League Campaigns


From Satruday’s matches in the RBS Premier Division, two games stand-out above the rest. These are, Heriot’s’ victory over Stirling County at Bridgehaugh, 23-21 and Aberdeen Grammar’s win over Boroughmuir at Meggetland, 27-26.

These games, reinforce the intensity and closeness of this year’s top-flight division and, though Heriot’s and Aberdeen Grammar sit in sixth and seventh place, respectively, they are now fully in contention for places in the British & Irish Cup next year.

For Heriot’s, tries were scored by number 8 Jason Hill, flanker Fraser Brown and Edinburgh Rugby’s full-back Mike Penn. Scrum-half Graham Wilson added two penalties and a conversion.

Heriot’s head coach, Phil Smith, said: “This league is so tight, that one minute you’re worrying about relegation and the next minute your thinking about the possibility of a place in the British & Irish Cup.

“I hope that the boys now have a belief in their abilities and only look forward from here and push-on and get a place in the cross border tournament next year.

“The boys have a leap in their step at the moment and are working hard in training, which is paying off.”

Sealing the victory for Aberdeen Grammar, were centre Peceli Nacamavuto, flanker Tony McGuiness and hooker Sean O’Connor. Stand-off Alex Hagart added three conversions and two penalties.

Aberdeen Grammar head coach, Alex Duncan, said: “When the second round of matches in the RBS Premier Division began, we saw it as a chance to wipe the slate clean and restart our season.

“So far, we’re pleased, the win against Dundee was very significant and we’ve followed that up on Saturday with a hard-fought, well deserved victory over Boroughmuir.”

Elsewhere in the league, Ayr held their position at the top with a 29-18 win over Dundee HSFP, Gala, in second place, continued to pursue their west-coast counterparts with a 34-17 win over Edinburgh Accies and Currie returned to form with a 23-10 victory over Melrose.