2004/2005: Scottish Premiership One



G. Wilson15R. West
M. Teague14R. Watson
N. De Luca13A. Bulloch
R. Dewey12I. Kennedy
M. Smith11R. McClymont
A. Olsen10M. Dunn
I. Wilson9AJ. MacFarlane
C. Sinclair1R. Nolan
S. Mustard2C. Di Ciacca
G. Talac3D. Jamieson
A. McIntosh4I. Smith
J. Osbourne5J. Reid
C. Harrison6G. Harkness
J. White7J. Barclay
J. Syme8J. Mathieson
M. Welch16G. Walsh
N. Meikle17A. Williamson
T. McVie18A. Miller
19N. Barrett
Dewey (2), De LucaTryBulloch, MacFarlane, Smith
Wilson (2)ConKennedy (2)
Wilson (2)Pen
Mr H. Edwards (Edinburgh RRS)

Saturday afternoons match at Goldenacre would not have done much to cheer up supporters about the current state of Scottish Rugby. About the only thing going for it was that, shortly after half-time, rather against the form book, GHA were six points ahead at 14-8.

There must have been some nervous flutters in the home camp at that moment, coming on the back of two straight defeats. As Kenny Milne, Heriot’s coach, acknowledged, getting a win at all was enough for him on the day, even if the failure to win a bonus point allowed Hawks to creep into top spot. GHA were well worth the point they gained with an injury-time try at the death, but coach Davey Wilson was clearly frustrated by the simple things his side was unable to produce, such as winning their own line-out.

Heriot’s went ahead after eight minutes with the simplest of penalties before patient Heriot’s build-up created a gap for Rob Dewey to cruise through shortly before the half-hour mark. As soon as GHA got a bit of possession, though, they demonstrated they were not there just to make up the numbers. Eventually it was a wayward miss pass in front of Allan Bulloch fly-half Martin Dunn that led to a try.

The second half began with AJ MacFarlane eventually poaching the classic scrum- half’s try. After three Heriot’s substitutions, Nick De Luca slipped in for a try before a cruel bounce led to Wilson putting the home side further ahead. Heriot’s then looked like having the last word with another Dewey try two minutes from the end of normal time. Now the game was all about bonus points but far from securing the extra try, it was Heriot’s who conceded one, when lock Ian Smith eventually crashed over.

Source: The Scotsman, Monday 17th January 2005

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