Heeks: Scots up to avoid the drop

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London Scottish scrum half Matt Heeks may not enjoy the Championship relegation play-offs, but he is confident his side will triumph in the end of season lottery.

Head coach Simon Amor’s men crashed 24-14 at Esher on Saturday, but remain favourites to avoid the drop having beaten fellow strugglers Moseley (twice), Plymouth Albion and Esher earlier in the season.

“I’m not a fan of the play-offs, but they are the games we have to win,” he said.

“They are the crucial games, they are the ones that will keep us up.

“We have missed out on quite a few wins in the last moments of matches, which is disappointing, but we have been competitive in every game.

“The London Welsh game is massive for us considering we lost at the weekend and if we can win that one and then beat Rotherham we will be on a bit of a roll.

“Anything could happen in the play-offs, but we are confident we will be fine.”

Centre Ryan Western, 27, and number eight Mark Bright, 33, gave Scottish a 14-3 lead at the break, but their first half dominance unravelled after the break as the hosts scored 21 unanswered points through tries from Phil Mackenzie (2) and Peter Synott.

“I thought we dominated the first half but we missed a fair few chances to score,” added Heeks.

“We let them back in the game and everyone was pretty disappointed in the changing room afterwards.”

Heeks has been in and out of the starting line-up this season, as Amor has rotated himself, Heeks and Argentine star Alfredo Lalanne in the number nine shirt.

But the 23-year-old former Barking scrum half is happy to wait his turn.

“I’d love to have started more, but I’ve been involved every single week,” he said.

Being able to play alongside coaches Simon Amor and James Brown has also proved to be beneficial.

He said: “It is great the coach plays in my position because his experience is a real help.

“It is good that we have quality players pushing each other in every position.”

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