Tennent’s Premiership PREVIEW | Heriot’s take on Watsonians in Edinburgh derby

Heriot’s welcome capital rivals, Watsonians, to Goldenacre tomorrow as the hosts hope to build on their emphatic win over Glasgow Hawks last weekend (kick-off 3pm).

The home side will be buoyed by their impressive start to the season, which saw them claim a comfortable 14-46 victory over Glasgow Hawks at Balgray.

Their derby opponents, Watsonians, enter the fixture off the back of a close-fought win against Stirling County and will aim to overpower their perennial rivals.

Iain Wilson will lead out Heriot’s once again, while Scotland U20 player Charlie Jupp will make his premiership debut in the second-row.

Also in the pack, Dom Martin joins the starting line-up as stand-off in place of Rory Carmichael, while Dougie Steele comes into the squad for the first time as a replacement.

Heriot’s Head Coach, Phil Smith, believes his side can carry their momentum from last week’s victory but is keeping his feet firmly on the ground after an encouraging start to the season.

Smith said: “Last weekend had many positives, the main one being the way the boys responded to our long injury list.

“However, we need to move on quickly and be ready for another bruising encounter against our most staunch rivals, Watsonians.

“They have continued last season's strong display in the league with a very good win last weekend. Both sets of players, I am sure will, will be vying for the city's bragging rights.”

The visitors have made few changes to their side since their first outing, with Paul Cunningham joining the bench alongside Edinburgh Rugby scrum-half Nathan Fowles.

Watsonians Head Coach, Steve Lawrie, said: “It was good to get the win last week against an excellent Stirling side who came to play an expansive brand of rugby.

“We identified a few areas that needed to be tweaked and have been working hard to address these."

Lawrie recognises the threat posed by Heriot’s, following the side’s successful start to the season.

He continued: “Heriot’s this week and the derby factor has definitely added a little spice to training.

“They showed their class last week in a comprehensive victory over Hawks, in which their pack flexed its muscles and their backs ran in some scintillating tries.

“We know the level of focus and application that will be required if we are to put in a worthy performance.”

Elsewhere, Glasgow Hawks travel to The Greenyards to face reigning champions Melrose, while Boroughmuir hope their home advantage will prove fruitful as they host Hawick.

Stirling County will be aiming to bounce back from a disappointing start to their league campaign as they welcome Edinburgh Accies to Bridgehaugh.

Ayr will be looking to build on their win over Edinburgh Accies as they host Currie Chieftains at Millbrae.

Heriot’s v Watsonians will be live-tweeted from @Scotlandteam.

Clubs from across Tennent’s National Leagues 1, 2 and 3 will also continue their season on Saturday. For a full list of fixtures, visit scottishrugby.org.

Heriot’s v Watsonians, Goldenacre, 3pm

Heriot’s: Charlie Simpson; Jack Blain, Ross Jones, Robert Kay, Craig Robertson; Dom Martin, Andrew Simmers; Martin Bouab, Michael Liness, Struan Cessford, Charlie Jupp, Adam Sinclair, Ruaridh Leishman, Iain Wilson CAPTAIN, Jason Hill

Replacements: Ali Johnstone, Josh Scott, Finlay Munro, Alex Ball, Dougie Steele.

Watsonians: Josh Rowland; Rory Steele, Angus Guthrie, Lee Millar, Scott McLeod; Ewan Fox, Ali Harris; Nathan Borel, Ross Graham, Jack Stanley, Jamie Hodgson, Craig Borthwick CAPTAIN, Gregor Nelson, Connor Boyle, James Miller

Replacements: Fraser Renwick, Finn Hobbis, Finlay Simpson, Nathan Fowles, Paul Cunningham