A Whirlwind Year for E4R Club Partner Heriot’s RFC

June 13, 2016

We always love it when we can congratulate our Club Partners and advocate their achievements! So, we thought it was only right that we express our congratulations to Heriot’s RFC who have had a wonderful season, winning every competition that they have been involved in.

The lads have produced a phenomenal effort this season and have reaped the rewards…by being crowned triple champions:

-          Charity Shield Winner

-          BT Premiership Winners

-          BT Scottish Cup Winner

Heriot's had a brilliant cup run, which saw them beat Melrose in the final at the BT Murrayfield – perhaps a surprising result considering Melrose had beaten them home and away in the league that season…However, it was the Nails who emerged victorious, winning 21-13 and with the score pretty reflective of the on-field battle.

Their road to Premiership victory wasn't all plain sailing either!

After finishing 3rd in the league at the end of the regulation fixtures, they progressed through their playoff semi and faced Ayr in the final; a side who had dominated the league throughout this year's campaign. Heriot's victory up at Ayr's home ground has opened up a miniature can of worms surrounding the playoff structure as a whole. But we’ll get to that…..

The final was an enthralling fixture, with Heriot’s narrowly edging the first half…yet after the break, Ayr scored two tries in rapid succession that made them appear to have the run of the green. The match was eventually decided by a Heriot’s penalty try, minutes from the final whistle, seeing them winning 29-26 and being crowned champions for the second year running.

Our Club Partner Heriot’s RFC had  not only retained the title, but achieved the treble…an amazing achievement for the Club.

However, since their victory, there have been many voices raised, including those from Heriot’s, about the structure of the BT Premiership. Ayr topped the league for a vast majority of the season and finished 9 points clear of second placed Currie RFC before the playoffs took place.

Many feel, and we also believe, that the league should increase the reward the given to the regulation champions, instead of simply earning a home semi-final spot…after all, they were certainly the best team throughout the duration of the league and so to come away with nothing after such an impressive campaign, is surely unfair…Let us know your thoughts on the matter!

Nevertheless, we don’t want to end on a negative…once again congratulations to Heriot’s RFC who have had a fantastic season…enjoy the time off before the dreaded pre-season kicks in…

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