Watsonians suffer double blow to hopes

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BILL LEITH

Watsonians 14 Heriot's FP 23

Scott Hastings, who left the field suffering from concussion after 48 minutes at Myreside, was not the only high profile player to fail to keep a clear head on Saturday.

Consequently Scotland's team to face Western Samoa at Murrayfield on 18 November - and due to be named on Wednesday - is shrouded in even more confusion. As if the selectors did not have enough problems trying to find a fit hooker in the likely absence of Kevin McKenzie (knee ligaments), Martin Scott (ribs) and Kenny Milne (retired) that temperamental prop Peter Wright set the Boroughmuir team he has captained to the top of the table a poor example by being sent off. Wright got marching orders during a 26-18 win at Gala.

Wright, who had earlier been formally cautioned for dissent, is understood to have passed derogatory remarks about the referee while lying on the bottom of a ruck.

The Hastings brothers have known happier weekends. Not only did Scott fail to last the course but Gavin's hopes of capturing the club title with Watsonians in his first season after retiring from internationals took a severe blow in the defeat by a hungrier Heriot's side inspired to reverse a 43-0 defeat by the same opponents earlier in the season.

With a series of awkward fixtures now looming, Watsonians could even face relegation and the loss of Scott Hastings for the mandatory three weeks would be damaging.

Watsonians: Try Henderson; Penalties G Hastings (3). Heriot's FP: Tries Stoddart, K Milne; Penalties Rahui (2), Glasgow; Conversions Rahui, Glasgow.

Watsonians: G Hastings; F Henderson (capt), S Hastings (I Duncan, 48), A Garry (J Mayer, 40), G Inglis; D Hodge, J Weston; T Smith, S Farland, A Kittle, D Gray, M Rudkin, C Mather, G Hannah, S Grimes.

Heriot's FP: S Lang; C Glasgow, G Lawrie, D Stoddart, H Gilmour; T Rahui (D Proctor, 45), F McMillan; M Livingstone, K Milne, S Paul (capt), P Young, J Turnbull, S Elliot, T McVie, G Dall.

Referee: J Bacigalupo (Edinburgh Wanders).

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