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The Greens visited Riverside Park on Boxing Day for a Booker Border League clash and came away victors, courtesy of an impressive first-half display.

A decent crowd turned up for the popular derby match, where the Skelly Cup was also being played for, and it was the visitors whose scrum won the game, thanks mainly to props Nick Maclennon and Wullie Blacklock.

The visitors scored four tries in the first half through Keith Davies, Blacklock, Matty Douglas and Sean Goodfellow, all of which Douglas converted to give the Greens a 28-0 lead.

Five minutes into the second half, Hawick replacement scrum half Greg Cottrell showed good awareness to rob his opponent of the ball and score an opportunist try under the posts which Douglas again converted.

However, not for the first time this season, the Riverside outfit made a fight of it with two touchdowns, from Ross Coombe and Robbie Shira-Gibb, converted by Daniel Ritchie.

Jed dug in deep in the second half and deserved their tries, but the Greens’ coaches will once again be asking questions of how their team ran out of gas in the latter stages of a game.

Hawick stand-off Matty Douglas was deservedly voted man-of-the-match.

Friday’s win puts Hawick in third place on the Border League table, one point behind leaders Gala and Melrose, both on 15, and with a game in hand.