Hawick end 10-game hoodoo with confident display

Nick Mactaggart is brought to his knees
Nick Mactaggart is brought to his knees

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A determined Hawick side managed to end their 10-game run of defeats against Gala when coming up against their local rivals at Netherdale on Saturday in the BT Premiership.

George Graham’s men were not in the greatest of form before this match, having lost their previous five games in the Premiership, while the Greens were coming off the back of a tremendous win the week before against Ayr.

But with both teams currently having pretty long injury lists, the unpredictability of the encounter was one of the main attractions.

In the end the Greens secured their five points reasonably easily, which must surely boost the confidence of Nikki Walker’s men going into the festive break.

“We are working harder in games and grinding out results,” said Hawick’s player-coach who crossed for two tries himself.

“The players have come on in the last six months and wins over Ayr and Gala were massive for us.”

Meanwhile, it’s back to the drawing board for Graham.

“It was the manner of this defeat that was most disappointing,” he said. “We seemed to be devoid of ideas. I know that we have plenty in the locker, but we don’t seem to be able to get it out at the moment.”

The Teries started strongly and looked hungrier for the ball. Scott McLeod opened the scoring after 15 minutes, when finishing off some slick handling by the Hawick backs, before Walker blasted over for a brace of touchdowns, the second of which coming after Gala skipper and scrum half George Graham had been sent to the sin-bin.

The Maroons were denied a try just before the break when the referee deemed that the ball had been held up. Half-time score: Gala 0 Hawick 15.

Flanker Nick Mactaggart struck in the first minute of the second half to give the visitors a try-scoring bonus point before Gala came more into the game.

Opeta Palepoi scored from close range, with David O’Hagan converting, while promising youngster Ruairi Howarth also crossed the whitewash for the visitors.

Hawick replacement Matty Douglas split the two Gala tries with a penalty goal, however, with Scott Peffers keeping the scoreboard ticking in the home team’s favour in the closing stages.