When Ben Robbins [above] left the Malleny Park pitch having scored five tries for Currie Chieftains against Hawick last weekend you could have forgiven him for thinking he would grab the headlines.
However, soon after the 42-7 triumph in the Tennent’s Premiership, the 21-year-old would realise that he had been outdone in the try-scoring stakes in the Scottish top flight that day by fellow winger Craig Robertson [below].
The Heriot’s flyer, 27, had scored six tries in his side’s 71-12 thumping away victory away to Edinburgh Accies at Raeburn Place.
Indeed, this correspondent was even caught out, having watched Ben in action and tweeting ‘Not sure I have ever seen a player score five tries in a senior rugby match live before’.
Soon after Heriot’s replied saying ‘We have Gary…’ - and it is quite amazing that individuals scored five and six tries respectively at the same time in the same league last Saturday.
In the match against strugglers Hawick, Currie actually went behind, but Ben’s first try before the break levelled things up at 7-7 and he went on to add another four of the five tries that the Chieftains scored in the second half to make things comfortable.
“I have not scored five tries in a match since school,” said 21-year-old Ben who was previously a keen athlete and has also turned out for Scotland Sevens in the past.
“In the first half Hawick were making it difficult for us up front and when w got the ball wide we wasted quite a few chances, but we knew if we stayed patient then more chances would come and the try just before the interval gave us a boost.
“Once the forwards got a bit more dominance after half-time that allowed the quality players inside me like Gregor Hunter, Robbie Nelson and Joe Reynolds a bit more space and time on the ball.
“I just tried to take advantage of that and get myself into good positions and thankfully it worked.”
Ben’s desire to find the try line was summed up by one of his scores in which he offloaded the ball to young replacement scrum-half Roan Frostwick just before he was tackled into touch.
He then got himself up and caught back up with play to receive the return pass from Frostwick to go over for five more points.
“Hopefully the result last week has given all of the boys confidence now and, as a backline, we are looking to really click in the next few games,” Ben added.
Craig is now in his second season at Heriot’s having moved up to Edinburgh from Gala in the Borders - and he is feeling good about this season.
“It maybe took me a bit of time to adjust to new surroundings, team mates and the style of play last season, but with a full pre-season under my belt with Heriot’s and now being three games in this time around with three wins things are going well,” he explained.
“We know that we have a great pack of forwards who can create a lot of front-foot ball for us while there are some very talented players in the backs and we have built up a good understanding.
“I scored a couple of tries early in the Accies game and then I was just hungry for more. You get days like that where things fall for you and in general I think there is a great buzz around the club just now.”
As well as being a talented rugby union player, Craig has also hit the heights with Scotland in rugby league and is now the player/coach with the Edinburgh Eagles.
“I love league too and the skills you learn from that game definitely help you in union,” he stated.
“With the different seasons it certainly keeps me busy, but I prefer playing competitive matches as regularly as possible as it keeps you sharp and there is no better feeling than scoring tries.”
This Saturday Ben is off to Stirling County with Currie looking to add to his six tries from the first three rounds of Tennent’s Premiership action.
And Craig and Heriot’s are at home to fellow unbeaten side Ayr at Goldenacre as he looks to build on his seven tries to date.
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