10 talking points from round 18 of the Tennent’s Premiership

Heriot's get their noses ahead of Currie Chieftains on the finish line to secure a home play-off semi-final draw

Stirling v Hawks
Stirling County finished the season with an away win against Glasgow Hawks. Image: Bryan Robertson


  • Job done for Heriot’s in appalling conditions at Mansfield. Second place secured which means a home play-off semi-final draw against Currie Chieftains. They lost to the same opposition at Goldenacre during the regular season but – powered by their formidable pack – they are a far more self-assured outfit now than they were back in early October.




  • A winning send off from the Watsonians team for Stevie Lawrie, who is off to join the Edinburgh coaching staff next season, having laid the foundations for a tilt at Super 6 next year – big shoes for his successor to step into.


  • A satisfying away victory to end the campaign for youthful Stirling County, despite a raft of players away on Scotland Under-20s duty. They can look ahead to next season with quiet confidence – despite persistent (but as yet unfounded) rumours about a further shuffling of coaches by the SRU’s performance department.


  • Too little too late for Boroughmuir in the context of another season of unfulfilled potential, although, in fairness, they have been hamstrung by injuries, with the absence for most of the campaign of captain and conductor Chris Laidlaw particularly debilitating.




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