RBS PREMIER ONE
HE sounds he should be featuring on Strictly Come Dancing rather than in a west of Scotland rugby team, but Slyvian Diez proved the matchwinner against winless Hawick.
The substitute struck a 74th-minute penalty to secure all four points for Kenny Murray’s team, with the coach admitting his side were outplayed by the Teries, led by their captain Bruce McNeil.
The boys in pink opened the scoring through Cammy Taylor, converted by Scotland Under-18 stand-off Robbie Fergusson.
While Neil Renwick replied with two penalties, Ayr went further ahead with an impressive score from Fergusson, despite being down to 14 men.
Hawick were then forced to play with a man short at the start of the second half when sub Colin Ritson was sent for a 10-minute break after 48 minutes.
But a spirited performance saw flanker Keith Davies driven over the tryline for his fourth touchdown of the season.
However, Hawick could not maintain their lead when hit by another sin-binning for prop Rory Sutherland from referee Charles Samson.
And Diez popped up with six minutes remaining to leave the Green Machine and their supporters with a long trip home to watch Russell Grant and Co prance around on their TV screens.
Hawick: G. Johnstone; G. Desport, R. Hutton, G. Hogg, C. Russell; N. Renwick, G Cottrell; R. Sutherland, H. Scammell, S. Linton, M. Robertson, B. Keown, N. Mactaggart, K. Davies, B. McNeil. Subs: L. Gibson, S. Graham, J. Tinlin, C. Ritson.