Rugby Union: Cadzow puts on show of class

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Boroughmuir 27 Heriot's FP 19

Boroughmuir published the club's official history just a few hours before going on to record victory in the only Scottish Premiership game to overcome both frozen pitches and - by contrast - the demands of the Dubai Sevens.

Though they sagged badly in the third quarter, Boroughmuir finished strongly enough to suggest that a side rebuilt this season will soon make the historian wish he had waited a bit longer in order to capture further impending glories.

Boroughmuir have now won three successive league games in a dramatic climb up the table. The entire Boroughmuir front row are new to the club this season and they were at the heart of a stirring effort which reduced the Heriot's front five to rubble in front of recently signed scrum- half Derrick Patterson.

Despite working off crumbs and inside a back division too eager to kick away possession, it was largely due to Patterson that Heriot's were level after an hour. And, with scrum-half rivals Gary Armstrong, Andy Nicol and Graeme Burns all injured, his move back across the border from West Hartlepool will almost certainly be rewarded with a recall to the Scotland squad for the match against Italy on 14 December.

Boroughmuir's captain, Stuart Reid, could also be poised to add to the solitary cap gained against Western Samoa since Rob Wainwright is showing no signs of making an early return after being sidelined since the summer with a groin strain. Back row forward Reid was in rampaging form playing off a dominant front five although he was overshadowed at times by his young colleague, Alastair Cadzow, who underlined his potential by dashing 20 metres unopposed for the first of three Boroughmuir tries.

Heriot's produced the best try of the match by replacement winger Stewart Walker but recent injury problems deepened when the former Scotland A full-back, Stuart Lang, was stretchered off after claiming their other touchdown.

Boroughmuir: Tries Renton, Aitken, Cadzow; Penalties Reekie 3; Drop goal Reekie. Heriot's FP: Tries Walker, Lang; Penalties Ross 3.

Boroughmuir: P Flockhart (C Aitken, 28); N Renton, C Finnie, D Laird, A McLean; B Reekie, G Beveridge; R McNulty, K Allan, S Penman, D Burns, P Jennings (G McCallum, 58), A Cadzow, S Reid (capt), R Kirkpatrick.

Heriot's FP: S Lang (D Fowler, 57); H Gilmour, D Stoddart (S Walker, 16), G Lawrie, D Proctor; G Ross, D Patterson; A Binnie, D Timms, J Bryce, A Dall, D Paton (J Syme, 34), S Elliot, T McVie, G Dall.

Referee: C Muir (Langholm).

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