Green machine stalls at the end

Hawick YM's Lee Armstrong
Hawick YM's Lee Armstrong

Heriot’s 24

Hawick 12

RBS PREMIER ONE

ATHOLL INNES reports from Goldenacre

IT was a long journey home for Hawick after a disappointing performance on Saturday at Goldenacre.

The Greens failed to reach their full potential and paid the price for late indiscretions.

Hawick had their chances and matched Heriot’s in tries, two apiece. But the home skipper, Graham Wilson, showed the way to goal with four penalties and a conversion as Heriot’s took the points.

Coach Derek Armstrong was left to rue a golden opportunity as his team fought back from 11-0 down at the break to turn that deficit into a one-point lead.

But the final minutes were crucial as Wilson banged over two penalties and then converted a late try.

The result left Armstrong frustrated. “It is a game that we could have won. It was there for the taking.”

But it was not to be – not even a losing bonus point for all their effort – a hamstring injury to Daniel Landels adding to their woes.

Hawick had the better of the second half and led by one point with 13 minutes left before Heriot’s finished the contest in a flourish.

The city side dominated the first half after Lee Armstrong put a penalty wide – and Wilson showed the way with two early kicks.

Both sides were guilty of errors before Hawick began the second half with more aggression and brought on Scotland sevens winger Andrew Turnbull to try to break the deadlock.

Neil McColm closed the gap with a try in the left corner.

The Greens surged ahead for the first time in 67 minutes when Armstrong converted a try by Gary Johnstone, who broke over from the 22m line.

But Wilson restored Heriot’s lead with two penalties and Saiasi Vono’s late try and Wilson’s conversion sealed the points.

Hawick: N. McColm; S. Anderson, G. Johnstone, G. Hogg, G. Anderson; L. Armstrong, G. Cottrell; N. Little, L. Gibson, S. Linton, K. Willison, R. Hogg, D. Landels, B. McNeil, K. Davies. Subs: R. Sutherland, H. Scammell, N. Mactaggart, T. Manihera, A. Turnbull.