Greens’ first half lets them down

Hawick 31

Aberdeen GSFP 44

PREMIER DIVISION ONE

A VERY disappointing first half display, which saw the Greens trail 34-10 at the interval, proved too much to overcome, despite a second-period comeback from the hosts.

Too many penalty giveaways, as well as very shoddy tackling, in the opening 40 minutes allowed the visitors to score almost at will.

The men from the Granite City scored five tries before the break, three of which were converted, along with one penalty goal from the influential stand-off Rob Aloe, who gave a fine display of how to play the conditions on the day.

Replacement hooker Lindsey Gibson did drive over from short range for the Greens in the first half, which stand-off Lee Armstrong converted, as well as adding a penalty goal.

It was like watching a different home team after the break. Hard-grafting flanker Nick Mactaggart was credited with two tries, as well as receiving a yellow card. Lee Armstrong landed both conversions.

Home captain Bruce McNeill managed a well-worked try which was once again converted by Armstrong.

This took Hawick to within 10 points of the visitors and a home win was on the cards before some more weak tackling allowed Aberdeen to score an easy try, which was converted, and the visitors completed their tally with a penalty goal.

The only plus for the home team was getting a bonus point for scoring four tries along with winning the second half 21-10, but with four straight defeats it is looking like a long season ahead.

Hawick: S. Anderson; A. Turnbull, G. Johnstone, D. McCracken, G. Anderson; L. Armstrong, G. Cottrell; N. Little, M. Landels, S. Linton, K. Willison, G. Petrie, N. Mactaggart, B. McNeil, R. Hogg. Subs: R. Sutherland, L. Gibson, B. Keown, N. McColm, L. Lawrence.