It may not have been pretty, but Linden won’t care

Hawick Linden 19

Ross High 16

EAST DIVISION ONE

After the beauty of last week’s victory it was a case of winning ugly for the Linden against Ross High, in a match sponsored by Hume & Tait.

The visitors took the lead with an early penalty before Linden hooker Chris Telfer and stand-off Stuart Renwick both left the field with shoulder injuries, causing disruption in the home ranks.

Without a recognised hooker, the Royal Blues lost their own line-out and Ross High capitalised as their winger went over.

Following some excellent driving from the home forwards, however, a well-timed pass put Graham Colville over, Gavin Stirling converting.

Straight from the kick-off, Jamie Scott made a fantastic break which almost led to a score, but with the last kick of the first half Ross High’s penalty stretched their lead to 11-7.

The second half started as badly as the first for Linden as their defence was all at sea following a Ross High line-out and the visitors scored their second try.

Linden took a couple of tap penalties with Craig Smith and Terry Skeet making surges before play spread wide and Blair Irving touched down in the corner.

Captain Colville became Linden’s third walking wounded which tested their organisation further, but showing great character the home side took the lead with 10 minutes to go.

From a scrum, play was spread wide. Craig Russell and Skeet were stopped short, but Keith Mabon picked and plunged over, Stirling converting.

With their shape adversely affected by injuries, Linden struggled to get enough ball away from the strong Ross High forwards, but managed to hold out for the win.

Hawick Linden: N. Murray; C. Graham, C. Russell, G. Richardson, G. Stirling; S. Renwick, S. Campbell; K. Mabon, C. Telfer, T. Skeet, J. Scott, C. Smith, C. Mitchell, G. Cunningham, G. Colville; Subs: B. Irving, M. Davidson, S. Robson.