Premier première awaits Lasswade

Lasswade 22 Hawick YM 17''Lasswade retained the National Shield after an epic final against Hawick YM at Murrayfield on Saturday.''The success was deserved particularly for the sterling work of the Lasswade pack in which Man of the Match loose-head prop and two try hero Dale Robertson gave a reasonable impersonation of the Duracell bunny. But plaudits too should go to Hawick YM such was the zip with which they played, epitomised by stand-off Lee Armstrong.''Lasswade captain Mark Billingham (right) collected the National Shield at Murrayfield on Saturday.' 'Robertson, a game-keeper and local lad, was hailed by his coach Dave Cockburn, a man who knew a bit about propping in his playing days with the championship winning Boroughmuir side.''Robertson noted: 'We had to work really hard for this today and that makes it all the sweeter for us. We have Premier rugby to look forward to next season and we'll need to extend the squad but we've got a good seconds ' most of them are under 24 ' and some good young players
Lasswade 22 Hawick YM 17''Lasswade retained the National Shield after an epic final against Hawick YM at Murrayfield on Saturday.''The success was deserved particularly for the sterling work of the Lasswade pack in which Man of the Match loose-head prop and two try hero Dale Robertson gave a reasonable impersonation of the Duracell bunny. But plaudits too should go to Hawick YM such was the zip with which they played, epitomised by stand-off Lee Armstrong.''Lasswade captain Mark Billingham (right) collected the National Shield at Murrayfield on Saturday.' 'Robertson, a game-keeper and local lad, was hailed by his coach Dave Cockburn, a man who knew a bit about propping in his playing days with the championship winning Boroughmuir side.''Robertson noted: 'We had to work really hard for this today and that makes it all the sweeter for us. We have Premier rugby to look forward to next season and we'll need to extend the squad but we've got a good seconds ' most of them are under 24 ' and some good young players

Lasswade kick off their first season as a Premier club at 3pm this Saturday at Hawthornden, when Perthshire RFC travel to Bonnyrigg.

The Perth-based club won only seven of their 22 league games last season, escaping relegation by a single bonus point more than Musselburgh.

They must surely not be relishing the trip to Hawthornden, where the home first XV have lost just one League or Cup encounter (against Stirling County) since the inauguration of the new stadium four years ago.

Saturday will mark Lasswade’s debut in Premier 3, having completed the double of League and Shield wins last season, and been promoted four times in five seasons.

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