The scenic setting of Dundee University’s Riverside pitches, today formed the backdrop to Heriot-Watt University’s Scottish Students' Conference Cup win, after the capital side recorded a 33-13 victory over Glasgow University’s 2XV.
Despite the Glasgow team looking the weightier and more physical of the teams, Heriot-Watt’s ability to play an open and fluid game allowed them to control the tempo to a level which their opposition couldn’t compete.
Heriot-Watt coach John MacDonald, said: “This is the team’s first trophy in a couple of years and one they can be proud of.
“We’ve had a few ropey performances along the way, but it seems we’ve saved the best for last as the boys’ effort today was fantastic.
“The opposition were tough and clearly had a great desire to win, but we managed to keep our cool and play our own brand of rugby to secure the victory.”
Glasgow University started the more lively of the sides, claiming the first points through a scrum-half Sam Bulloch penalty and the first try through centre Mathew Nags, who horsed through – a score to which the easy conversion deflected wide off the post.
The impressive boot of Heriot-Watt centre Richie McKee, kept the Edinburgh side in the game as he kicked two long range penalties in the first-half.
Just before the half-time whistle Heriot-Watt’s patience and persistence in attack paid off as they were awarded a scrum only metres from their opposition line. From the set-piece number-eight Chris Dumont, picked the ball up and trundled over for a try, McKee adding the extras to take the Edinburgh side into the break with a 13-8 lead.
Boosted by their strong finish to the first-half, Heriot-Watt came out off the break looking to continue where they left off.
Mckee’s boot again featured as he slotted another penalty to keep his side’s tally ticking over to give his team an eight point cushion just after the interval at 16-8.
The gap soon widened as Heriot-Watt added another two tries through replacement scrum-half Jamie Jamison, the other claimed by a number of forwards who had their hands on the ball. McKee converted the first of the scores giving his side a comfortable 28-8 lead.
Glasgow University prop Archie Winnington-Ingram kept his team’s hopes alive, as he crossed the line following some fancy footwork to sidle through the opposition defence.
However, it proved too little too late, as a final Heriot-Watt try from centre McKee, was followed by the final whistle to bring an end to the game.
Full-time score: Heriot Watt University 33 Glasgow University 2XV 13
Also being played was the Emerging Students’ Cup for developing University/College sides. In the first-round Glasgow Caledonia University were 38-0 victors over a West Edinburgh Student composite side. Aberdeen Medics also recorded a win in their first round game, beating Fife College 38-12.
In the third place play-off, Fife College claimed an 18-0 victory over West Edinburgh Students.
The eventual winners of the Emerging Students’ Cup were Glasgow Caledonia University, after recording a 7-5 win over Aberdeen Medics.
Heriot-Watt University v Glasgow University 2XV
Heriot-Watt University: Adam McCasker; Donal Prenter, Richie McKee, Robbie Nelson (captain), Cammy Mackay; James Bywater, Alan Sinnamon; Callum Jones, Duncan Redstone, Pete Ratomslli, Mikey Clements, Ally Scott, Thomas Bill, Tom McCartney and Chris Dumont.
Replacements: Deccy Coghlan, Chris Knowles, Tony Hannschmidt, Ally Hogg, Joe Stachan, Clement Pridgemont and Jamie Jamison.
Glasgow University 2XV: Ross Mulfrod; Loui Fields, Jack Connor, Mathew Nags, Craig Rintoul; Rory Cameron, Sam Bulloch; Archie Winnington-Ingram, Jonny Spence, Rob Dixon, Steven Moyes, Dom Lawson, David Paterson, Greg Blackie and Andrew Hemingsa.
Replacements: Graham Wilson, Will Bury, Michael Bunber, Stuart Mulholland, Jamie Patterson, William Bamber and Matheu Hamilton.
Referee: Rob Gillan