Good old Scotland! Once again the fixture list was all but wiped out at the weekend as only one match in Prem 1 survived.
Stewart’s Melville 22-53 Heriot’s
In the end this was a bit of a drubbing, and had Stew Mel coach Moffat conceeding, “There isn’t a lot of pressure on us now. I think it’s fairly inevitable that we are going down so in that respect it’s just about us performing and trying to bring through some young players.”
Stew Mel were the better team, though, in the first 15 minutes or so. They put pace onto the ball and generated momentum from the first kick-off. Ker supplied Marshall well and between them they picked their holes in the first 5 of the game, creating two tries and instilling a sense of bewilderment in the Away side. Luckily for the men in blue and white they didn’t panic. The rest of the first half saw them look after the ball and their forwards made sure the Nails backline had a platform for the rest of the game. Marshall, Ker and Henry all had accomplished games but in the end the disparity in fitness and creativity seemed to shine through. There were too many tries from Heriot’s to analyse each one (although the pick of the bunch was ‘CJ’ Osazuwa’s rangy slide across the pitch to pop to Douglas for an easy finish).
Without a bonus point for Stew Mel are certain to go down but, as Moffat says, they can still enjoy themselves and with the quality they possess will most likely bounce straight back up after a season in Prem 2 (if the leagues retain their current format!)
Stewart’s Melville: R Borthwick; A Cox, H Lingard, C Marshall, L Steele; S Ker, R Patterson; A Edmonstone, C Mackintosh, R Grant, B Leathes, S Brewster, B Tweedie, L Calder, P Hendry.
Replacements Used: A Statham, S Blackwood, C Sutherland, A Lean, J Gordon.
Heriot’s: C Goudie; B Roberts, M Nimmo, R Mill, A Douglas; R Hutton, G Wilson; A Dymock, S Burnett, W Blacklock, C Osazuwa, P O’Connor, P Eccles, C Fusaro, J Syme.
Replacements Used: F Gillies, M Welch, J Hill, J Alston, G Rutherford.
Stewart’s Melville Ker (2), Steele; Cons: Ker (2); Pen: Ker.
Heriot’s Douglas, Roberts, O’Connor (2), Goudie, Syme (2), Gillies; Cons: Wilson (5); Pen: Wilson.
SRB Man of the Match: B Roberts
That’s your lot, I’m afraid!