Hutton shines, and Armstrong saves points for Hawick

Stewart’s/Melville FP 32

Hawick 32

RBS NATIONAL LEAGUE

SEVEN tries, a superb showing from Rory Hutton and a late Lee Armstrong penalty to grab a thrilling draw – last Saturday’s trip to Inverleith was certainly worth it for Hawick’s sizeable travelling support.

This topsy turvy match began with stand-off Hutton showing why he was previously signed up with Edinburgh by scoring the first points of the match, which Neil Renwick converted.

Stew/Mel replied through the boot of Seb Trotter minutes later and a converted try to take a 10-7 lead.

Another Trotter penalty stretched the lead to six, until Steven Anderson ran in at the corner, with Renwick landing a superb conversion.

The home side fought back as debutant Chris Damsteeg scored, only for Hutton to pull his side 19-18 ahead at the break with a brilliant solo effort.

Renwick notched an early second half penalty but the reliable Trotter banged over nine points in quick succession to put Melville 27-22 up.

Back came Hawick, with captain Greg Cottrell taking the lead to canter in for a straighforward try which Renwick converted.

A sin-binning for Renwick with 10 minutes left allowed Damsteeg to restore Stewart’s lead at 32-29.

But vitally, the try was not converted, allowing Armstrong, on for Renwick, to rescue a deserved share of the spoils.

Hawick: N. Renwick, G. Anderson, L. Armstrong, G. Johnstone, S. McLeod, R. Hutton, G. Cottrell; S. Muir, L. Gibson, M. Landels, C. Smith, K. Willison, N. Mactaggart, R. Scott, K. Davies. Subs: D. Johnstone, S. Graham, A. Weir, R. Armstrong, S. Anderson.