WATSON'S College became the first side to successfully defend the Bell Lawrie Scottish Schools under-15 rugby cup when they edged out Heriot's 7-5 at Murrayfield.
A try by hooker Ben Griffin as part of a player-of-the-match performance which also included two scrummage heels against the head proved crucial for Watson's who dominated possession and territory for long spells but failed to capitalise partly through some inspired Heriot's defence.
Just as crucial as Grifftin's try, which came following a hack upfield followed by a dribble over the line after Heriot's had uncharacteristically failed to clear, was the close range conversion by Adam Watt.
By contrast an equally opportunist try by Heriot's centre Todd Tukalo, son of former Scotland Grand Slam winger, Iwan, occured in the corner - too far out for Euan Ward to convert especially in a crosswind.
Watson's try came after six minutes while Heriot's counter, with nine minutes, remaining set up a grandstand finish.
Despite the tricky conditions both sides set high standards with Watson's centre Matthew Reid showing a particularly keen eye for a gap while Heriot's scrum half Ross Philips looked lively at close quarters where his lethal dummy almost caught the opposition wrong footed.
During Watson's spells of ascendancy Heriot's frequently had to dig deep and nobody did better than No 8 Morgan Williams in steeming the maroon tide and leading occasional surges upfield.