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First loss can help Highland long-term in National One


By Andrew Henderson


Dave Carson wonders if his Highland side’s first defeat of the season to Heriot’s Blues last weekend could turn out to be a good thing for the club in the long run.

Slow starts in both halves against the Super6 amateur side cost Highland dearly, as Heriots moved too far ahead to be caught winning 33-24.

Seamus Ross in action during Highland's first defeat of the season against Heriot's Blues last weekend. Picture: Gary Anthony
Seamus Ross in action during Highland's first defeat of the season against Heriot's Blues last weekend. Picture: Gary Anthony

Individual mistakes have frustrated Carson in recent weeks, but he thinks the loss could serve as something of a wake-up call.

“It might have been getting to the stage, winning four from four before that, that we were thinking it was just going to be another season where you go on a great run and you would just get used to winning,” Carson explained.

“At this level, with the quality of players we’re coming up against – a lot of these guys will have played Premiership rugby last year – they’re thinking a lot quicker and they are physically stronger and quicker.

“We’ve got to realise we can’t give cheap points away, and I would say four of Heriot’s tries they didn’t have to work hard for, which is disappointing.

“We’re just not up to speed in that defensive set yet when they do certain things, so we’ll certainly learn from it. We’ll get better, there’s no doubt."

Read more in today's Highland News.



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