The full time came all too soon for the 2nd XV. They were on the brink of a great come back until a lazy pass was picked up by the quick Heriots backline and the game’s fate was sealed. With many changes in the 2nd XV, the side that ran out was still determined to maintain their winning record and continue with the style of rugby that has seen success so far this season.
Heriots learned quickly to play towards the ref and not against Muir. With a number of Heriots supporters “encouraging the referee”, Muir should of focused on their game rather than the decisions going against them. Surprising with the level of experience in the 2nd XV, there was no claiming influence or level head to keep the boys focused on the task at hand even with the limited time available.
Campbell Marr commented after the game:
“Very frustrating, boys did not start playing until 25 minutes into the game. Heriots were 13 - 0 up at this point. Poor tackling and decision making”
Positives were that the boys pulled themselves back in to the game with some well worked tries. The 2nds had a much better 2nd half, but loose play allowed Heriots to score a couple of very easy tries. Muir going down 25 – 17.
Strong performance by Ross Bradford who broke the line with ease and Calum Cusiter who, even playing at 9, found himself securing ball like a good loose forward.