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Hawick Linden 13

Berwick 25

EAST DIVISION ONE

IT ALL started so well for Linden – in the third minute Stuart Renwick’s quick hands put Blair Irving over in the corner.

Soon after, Craig Russell had a nice run, but when a pass didn’t go to hand Berwick hacked clear, Irving went down on the ball allowing Linden to regroup and from the ruck Craig Smith made a great break and strode half the length of the field to touch down.

Berwick hit back with a penalty when Linden were caught offside, but the home team continued to dominate.

Well into first-half injury time, however, the game turned.

A knock-on by Berwick on the home line was not seen and when the Linden tidied up the visitors’ mistake they were penalised.

Berwick took a couple of quick penalties, Colin Young crashed over for a converted try and Graham Colville was yellow-carded for expressing his feelings of injustice.

Linden would have been disappointed to go in 10-3 ahead at the break, but they now had to start the second half at 10-10 with a man in the bin.

Berwick struck after the restart and their hooker went over in the corner for a cracking score. Gavin Stirling responded with a penalty for the Blues to reduce the gap to two points.

However, Linden were now making too many mistakes and taking wrong options, while Berwick played with much cooler heads. Some nice handling allowed their stand-off to cross for a converted try which was followed by a penalty goal.

Linden desperately tried to rescue a losing bonus point, but despite running a number of penalties in the opposition 22 they failed to capitalise.

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

Selkirk Youth Club 37

Tynedale Colts 0

SEMI-JUNIOR LEAGUE

IN A game that was cut short due to an injury to one of the visiting backs, Youth Club worked hard for their sixth successive win on Saturday.

Tynedale, with their much bigger forwards, produced a couple of early attacks, but were denied by some tenacious defending. In turn, Youth Club gained in confidence throughout and ran the ball at every opportunity.

Tries from Josh Welsh, Kieran Monks (3) and Lewis MacLennan, all converted by Welsh, were enough to tie up the game and another convincing performance by the young Souters.

Gala Red Triangle 3

Melrose 0

UNDER-15s FRIENDLY

THE elements didn’t allow for flowing rugby so supporters who had braved the elements were treated to a display of dogged determination by both teams instead.

The first half was a battle of wills, with each side attempting to take route one through the forwards or simply kick for position. GRT’s stand out forward was Euan Pflug, who constantly asked questions of the Melrose defence, both in the loose and from the base of the scrum.

As the second half commenced GRT started to grind out the ascendancy in the forwards with Bruce Purves and Tom Smith dominating in the scrum. Sean Williams gave a confident display at full back under the high ball and attacking hard when he came into the line at pace.

It didn’t look good for GRT when Melrose broke down the left wing late in the second half and looked to be heading for the line. However, a match-saving tackle from Tony Thomson bundled the Melrose left wing into touch for a Gala throw-in.

With a minute to go it looked as if the game would end with no scoring when Melrose were penalised for a dangerous challenge on Neil Turnbull. Up stepped Matt Lochrie, who, with the very last kick of the ball of the game, converted the penalty.