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Currie fail to halt Heriot’s in Edinburgh final

Currie hooker John Cox is tackled by Heriots Murray Douglas at Malleny Park. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

Currie hooker John Cox is tackled by Heriots Murray Douglas at Malleny Park. Picture: Malcolm McCurrach

  • by COLIN RENTON AT MALLENY PARK
 

Heriot’s booked their place in the RBS National Cup quarter-finals with an impressive six-try show that halted Currie’s recent resurgence and landed the Edinburgh Regional trophy.

Scorers: Currie – Try: Weston. Con: Horne. Heriot’s – Tries: Buchan, Borel (2), Boisseau, Penalty, R Nimmo. Cons: Wilson (5).

In truth, the margin of victory flattered the visitors, with the difference between the sides being the decisive nature of the Heriot’s finishing against hosts who had almost as much possession but failed to execute as clinically as their opponents.

Tries by Keith Buchan, Nathan Borel and Harry Boisseau were converted by Graham Wilson to hand Heriot’s a 21-0 half-time lead. Currie displayed the character that has brought an upturn in fortunes after a dismal start to the season, but all they could muster in their fightback was a touchdown by Ross Weston, converted by George Horne.

Heriot’s clicked into gear during the final quarter and scored a penalty try before Russell Nimmo crossed the whitewash and Borel bagged his second score of the afternoon, with Wilson booting two of the conversions to complete the job.

While Heriot’s coach Phil Smith has not yet conceded the Premiership title, he is relishing the cut and thrust of the cup competition and admits that Saturday’s win will make his task easier over the coming weeks.

“This now gives us a real boost to win the next two league games and go into the next cup match,” he said.

Currie coach Ally Donaldson will now refocus the efforts of his men on securing Premiership survival, a mission that resumes with the visit of Aberdeen Grammar on 25 January.

 

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