Watsonians 10 Heriot’s 44
Heriot’s booked their place in the Scottish Hydro Electric Cup quarter-finals with a six try romp over their city rivals Watsonians at Myreside this afternoon.
In that tie in a fortnight’s time they’ll play another city side, Boroughmuir, who edged out GHA in a thriller at Braidholm.
Heriot’s were just too slick for their hosts today and though Watsonians did rally they suffered from their own mistakes.
The visitors started promisingly and though full-back Jonathan Alston was collared close to the try line by Tupu Saena, Heriot’s were not to be denied as No 8 Jamie Syme crashed over from a tap penalty. Graham Wilson converted, then added a tenth minute penalty following a breenge at pace by prop Alan Dymock.
Heriot’s second try followed in 20 minutes. Flier Dave McCall scorched past Torrie Callander then stabbed a delicate kick-ahead and trusted his pace to beat the covering Jamie Blackwood and dot down.
Home hopes were not helped by the loss of centre Dougie Brown with a leg injury but they posted their first points when Ben Di Rollo latched on to a ball that bounced wickedly for the defending side to claim a try, all from Michael Ker’s kick through.
As the half ended, Watsonians prop Tyler Hawes was sin binned for not rolling away at a tackle, Wilson goaling the penalty for an 18-5 interval lead.
Heriot’s capitalised on their hosts being short-handed with a try from substitute lock Sandy McCutcheon, who crashed over from close-range, for Wilson to convert.
On the hour, home wing Saena – who relishes taking on opponents in traffic – crossed for their second try after Ker had orchestrated a lively attack which included the hint of a forward pass.
In the final quarter, however, Heriot’s sealed their success with further tries from flanker Struan Dewar, centre Richard Mill and their long-serving forward Tam McVie, Wilson adding two conversions.
Our picture shows Struan Dewar, in action for Scotland under-20 against their English counterparts. Dewar was among Heriot's try scorers today.