Hawick YM 18
RBS REGIONAL SHIELD
ROB HILL reports from Hardens Field
HAWICK YM set up a derby with Hawick Linden in round two after a gritty victory at Duns.
Last season’s National Shield runners-up Redskins faced a tricky tie against National Bowl winners Duns, who are flying high in East League One.
However, it was probably the poorest match of the season so far with the opposition devoid of ambition and intent on playing negative rugby throughout.
Ali Weir struck the first penalty inside one minute for his only success of the blustery day.
The referee’s whistle was constant, making it very stop-start.
Duns had a player sin-binned on the 23rd minute mark and nine minutes later the Skins took advantage when Dean McCracken fed Gavin Petrie, who drove over the line for the try.
Nine minutes into the second half Duns got their only score of the game with a penalty, but rarely threatened the YM line.
Instead, Steven Mabon crossed for YM’s second try on the hour and John Coutts bagged the third in the 69th minute. YM’s man of the match was Stephen Hill.
Hawick YM: J. Coutts; M. Graham, R. Armstrong, D. McCracken, S. Desport; A. Weir, B. Campbell; B. Lilly, G. Douglas, A. Turnbull, K. Millar, G. Petrie, C. Robson, S. Hill S. Mabon. Subs: M. Douglas, G. Cannon, J. Duncan.