Stirling County 5 - 33 Heriot’s: Capital club exact revenge

Heriots' Rory Carmichael in action. Picture: SNS
Heriots' Rory Carmichael in action. Picture: SNS
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They say revenge is a dish best served cold and there was certainly a nip in the air as Heriot’s made amends for their defeat at home to Stirling on the opening day of the league season.

The Edinburgh side were good value for their win, outplaying County in all areas during the opening 40 minutes, after which they led 26-0.

Hooker Michael Liness got the ball rolling when he finished a forwards’ move after five minutes, Ross Jones converting. Lock Jack Turley popped up out on the left wing for the next score midway through the half, before Rory Carmichael made things look ominous for the home team, Jones again on target with the extras. And when Callum Marshall drove over on the stroke of half-time, ominous became grim, especially when Jones again converted.

Even the presence in the stand of a handful of Glasgow Warriors – including Finn Russell, Jamie Bhatti and Adam Ashe – could not inspire their former club, who looked curiously lacklustre.

Stirling had much more possession after the break but took until the 63rd minute for Ruairidh Swan to slice through the Heriot’s defence like a hot knife through butter but the visitors rightly had the last word when Jack McClean barged over, Jones converting.