Hawick’s Premiership return hits a Granite wall

TS EN Sport. 24/08/2012. Edinburgh Rugby v Northampton Saints. Murrayfield. Edinburgh's Gregor Hunter scores their only points of the first half from a penalty kick
TS EN Sport. 24/08/2012. Edinburgh Rugby v Northampton Saints. Murrayfield. Edinburgh's Gregor Hunter scores their only points of the first half from a penalty kick
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Hawick coach Phil Leck was pleased with his side’s battling qualities despite watching them go down to an opening day defeat at Mansfield Park.

But he has warned they must improve if they are to turn the losing bonus points into winning scores.

The Greens were ahead at the interval in their first match back in the RBS Premiership after dominating the first half.

But the change around brought a change in fortunes for Aberdeen who seized the initiative and a failure to take their chances cost the home side dearly.

Leck said: “We’ve managed to keep it at a score when, at one point, it looked like it might get away from us.

“We’ve shown that fighting spirit again, but I don’t want to play a cup final every week.”

Edinburgh professional and former Gala star Gregor Hunter opened the scoring with a penalty, but Rob Aloe quickly cancelled that out with a penalty of his own.Still, Hawick pressed on and their pressure paid dividends when Gary Johnstone scored and Hunter added the extras.

Aloe kicked another penalty for the visitors from the Granite City, but Hunter responded with an almighty boot from the halfway line.

However, the tide was turning and two Sam Bingham tries either side of half-time gave the visitors the lead.

Morgan Ward added a further score to put clear daylight between the two teams.

And although Hunter reduced the deficit to just seven points, the hosts, who had inspired performers in the shape of Hunter, Greg Anderson, Lindsay Gibson and Shawn Muir, couldn’t find the converted try they required.

Hawick: A. Weir, N. McColm, L. Armstrong, G. Johnstone, G. Anderson, G. Hunter, B. Campbell, S. Muir, L. Gibson, L. Launders, R. McAlpine, K. Willison, S. Graham, K. Davies and B. McNeil. Subs: M. Landels, W. Blacklock, C. Smith, S. McLeod, J. Parker.