Hawick dropped into the relegation red zone after defeat to a reinvigorated Currie side at Malleny Park and now have just two games left from which to exact life-saving Premiership points, writes Alan Lorimer.
“We’ll try our damnedest and if we go down we’ll go down fighting,” said a defiant Hawick coach Phil Leck. “It’s a difficult ask but we’ll keep going. We’ve got another two games and we’ll try to take something out of them.”
Currie ran amok in the final quarter of the game to widen a seven-point gap early in the second half to a 28-point chasm at the final whistle.
The final score tally, however, was not a shock to those watching the game. Currie, who had the services of Edinburgh lock Sean Cox and Edinburgh centre Joaquim Dominguez were much stronger in the forward battle where their heavyweights made damaging dents in the Teries’ defence.
And with quality possession being served up on a silver platter, Currie’s backs had more chances to attack than Hawick, who struggled to pose an offensive threat. Ironically, the one player who did cut through the Currie defence was centre James Johnstone, a regular at Malleny Park before the professional draft relocated the ex-Merchiston player to Hawick.
It was Weston who opened the scoring with a close-range try converted by full back George Horne. Hawick should have hit back when Keith Davies was put in the clear, but instead of using winger Scott MacLeod, Davies opted to go it alone. In the event when Davies was tackled a metre short, the ball fell into the hands of Currie wing Ruaridh Smith who scorched down the touchline to create a try for prop John Cox, converted by Horne.
That score clearly shattered Hawick and was arguably the turning point in the game. Currie then added a further first-half try, this time by flanker Mark Cairns, but before half-time Hawick claimed first points with a try by Wullie Blacklock from a reverse pass by Greg Cottrell and the conversion by Neil Renwick
A Smith touchdown for Currie was answered by a try from James Johnstone and the conversion and a penalty by Renwick to bring the scores to 24-17. But Hawick’s hopes of closing the gap were dashed as Smith claimed a second try before Dominguez and replacement Malcolm Peacock completed the rout.