Hawick 21 Melrose 20
Hawick got their show back on the road after taking the honours against the defending BT Premiership champions Melrose in a fiercely competitive match at Mansfield Park that doubled as a Bookers Borders league game.
In the end Hawick scraped through by a single point but overall they were worth their win after showing massive commitment in defence, smart off-the-cuff attacking rugby, and an ability to snap up chances.
Two penalties by Lee Armstrong to one by Austin Lockington gave Hawick a 6-3 advantage after 22 minutes but on the stroke of half time Hawick made their breakthrough with a try by winger Scott McLeod from good approach work and a clever chip ahead by Armstrong.
An Armstong penalty kept Hawick’s scoreboard ticking over but tries by Graham Dodds and Euan McQuillan and a conversion by Lockington put Melrose ahead by 15-14 only for the Greens to regain the lead with a touchdown by centre Joaquin Dominguez converted by Armstrong.
Then in a frantic finale Melrose scored through Tito Mua but to the relief of the Mansfield Park faithful Richard Mill’s touchline conversion drifted wide leaving Hawick winners.
More comment and analysis on this game in Thursday’s Southern Reporter.
Hawick: Tries, McLeod, Dominguez; Cons, Armstrong; Pens, Armstrong (3).
Melrose: Tries, Dodds, McQuillan, Mua; Con, Lockington; Pen, Lockington.
Hawick: L. Armstrong; N. McColm, N. Walker, J. Dominguez, S. McLeod; R. Hutton, S. Goodfellow; S. Muir, R. Graham, W. Blacklock, F. Simpson, M. McKee, N. McTaggart, K. Davies, B. McNeil. Subs: L. Gibson, N. McLennan, B. Campbell, A. Weir, S. Fairbairn.
Melrose: F. Thomson; T. Mua, B. Hutchison, R. Taylor, C. Anderson; A. Lockington, M. McAndrew; N. Beavon, T. Pearce, E. McQuillan, J. Head, L. Carmichael, N. Irvine-Hess, R. Knott, R. Miller. Subs: R. Ferguson, G. Dodds, P. Eccles, R. Mill, T. Wilson.
Referee: P. Allan.