Linden shoulder the Lismore load

Hawick Linden 27

Lismore 14

RBS EAST DIVISION TWO

After a hard-fought encounter at the Volunteer Park, Hawick Linden eventually came out on top.

Lismore should have scored early on but knocked-on going over the line. Backchat to the referee saw the Linden tap and go from the resulting penalty. Steven Bouglas kicked on and Greg Thomson picked up to secure a cracking length-of-the-field try. Captain Barry Sutherland converted.

The visiting forwards, a big and well drilled unit, began to take control but despite a long period of pressure, the home defence held out. After 26 minutes, Greg Cunningham cleaned up well at a lineout and when the ball was released to the backs, full back Thomson made a lovely intrusion into the line to set up another great try – this time it was Greg Bouglas who went over.

Lismore went back on the attack just before the break and a converted try closed the gap to 12-7.

The second half saw the visiting pack take a stranglehold on the game and a second converted try put the Edinburgh side in the lead for the first time.

Linden responded immediately and a fine run by Steven Bouglas led to Sutherland dropping a goal to edge the hosts in front. Blair Irving then fielded a kick and some good hands opened up the space for Steven Bouglas to touch down. The conversion was missed, leaving the Linden only six points ahead and the game still up for grabs.

However, the Royal Blues clinched the match and the bonus point with a spectacular try. With Lismore on the attack they prodded a kick behind the home defence which full-back Thomson picked up on his 22. Showing electrifying pace, he burst up the touchline for as fine an individual try as you are likely to see. Sutherland’s conversion was the final score of the game.

Hawick Linden: G. Thomson; G. Bouglas, S. Bouglas, B. Sutherland, C. Gracie; S. Renwick, R. Hamilton; K. Mabon, B. Mercer, C. Turnbull, J. Gilchrist, S. Fairbairn, W. Barker, G. Cunningham, B. Irving. Subs; B. Willison, S. Harkness, M. Knight, S. Campbell, R. Beattie, C. Murray.