Greens in bid to win extra time

Hawick Rugby Club must overcome opposition from the police – as well as Boroughmuir – if they want to celebrate in style on Saturday night.

The Greens will face their city adversaries in the final of the BT Scottish Cup at Murrayfield (see preview on pages 78-79).

And the evening kick-off for the showpiece match – the climax of the club rugby season in Scotland – means that, win or lose, the team will not return to Hawick until around 11pm.

That has prompted club secretary Rory Bannerman to lodge an application for the Mansfield Park clubrooms to stay open for an extra hour till 2am for a welcome-home party involving fans, players and officials.

A decision on whether or not to accede to this request will be made tomorrow (Friday) by the Scottish Borders Licensing Board.

However, the one-off application has not found favour with the police.

In a letter to the board, Chief Inspector Andrew McLean states: “While it is accepted this function will provide significant entertainment, there is no reason why it cannot be accommodated within the current on-sale hours.”

Reservations about the one-hour extension are also expressed by Ian Tunnah, Scottish Borders Council’s licensing standards officer.

He says that if the board is minded to grant the application, it should insist that licensed stewards are deployed to control noise from the clubrooms and ensure guests are safely and quietly dispersed.