Glasgow Hawks 14 - Heriot’s 46: Matt Smith is red-carded

Scotland Under-20 cap Matt Smith was red-carded as Heriot’s put Hawks to the sword.

Scotland Under-20 cap Matt Smith was red-carded as Heriot’s put Hawks to the sword.

Hawks’ Smith, yellow-carded in the first half for side entry at a ruck, was shown a second yellow, followed by a red, by referee Ben Blain, following a spot of handbags seven minutes from time.

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With their big pack rampant, and skipper Iain Wilson giving what Heriot’s head coach Phil Smith hailed as, “a real captain’s lead,” the young Hawks learned a harsh lesson of how difficult this league can be. But they had their moments before the wheels came off their bogie after the turn-round.

Rory Carmichael put the visitors ahead with an unconverted try, but Mark New replied for Hawks, with Liam Brims converting. Tries from Ruaridh Leishman and Callum Marshall – both converted by Ross Jones – put Heriot’s 19-7 ahead but, just before the break, Lewis Skinner barged over for Hawks, Glen Faulds converted and it was 14-19 at the change-over.

A Jones penalty, then tries from skipper Wilson and Andrew Simmers – both converted by Jones – put Heriot’s firmly in command after the hour, then, after Smith’s departure, Jones kicked another penalty and scored, then converted a sixth Heriot’s try in the final minute.