Mansfield Park slaughter

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Hawick 18

Currie 62

PREMIER DIVISION ONE

FIONA SCOTT reports

from Mansfield Park

ANY hopes Hawick held of landing a place in the top eight before the mid-season split were blown out of the water on Saturday when a resurgent Currie ran in a 10-try victory.

The closed home changing room door following the match said it all.

Hawick were desperate in defence throughout and struggled to cope with the skill and pace of their visitors.

Currie coach Ally Donaldson told TheSouthern: “There’s not many teams come to Mansfield Park and score that many points.

“I know Hawick are having a tough season, but they took Melrose to the wire last week and I think we can take a hell of a lot out of our game today.”

Hawick managed to get right up to the Currie line in the opening minutes, but some great defending from the visitors ended any hopes of an early score. And it was poor defending in their own 22 which led to the hosts allowing through Currie winger Dave Smith, who ran three quarters of the pitch to score the opener.

Fergus Scott then rumbled over the line and Barry Mansfield converted to widen the gap.

Lee Armstrong kicked a 40m penalty to put Hawick’s first points on the board, but no sooner had the players drawn breath than Currie were on the rampage again, this time prop John Cox crashing over the line.

Armstrong struck another successful penalty and Hawick finished the half pushing towards the Currie line, but again the visitors set up a strong line of defence and the half ended with the score at 6-17 against the Greens.

It took only minutes for the rout to continue after the restart. Scott scored his second, and the bonus point try, Barry Mansfield wove his way through several green jerseys to touch down and a reverse pass gone drastically wrong led to the same man repeating the feat shortly afterwards. Jamie Forbes nailed all three conversions.

A slick run up the far touchline from Steven Anderson led to a try for Hawick, but normal service was soon resumed with further touchdowns from Michael Entwhistle, Ross Weston, Mansfield, Smith and two more conversions from Forbes.

Craig Russell drove over in the dying minutes for another consolation try, converted by Neil Renwick.

Hawick: G. Johnstone; C. Russell, L. Armstrong, J. Houston, S. Anderson; N. Renwick, G. Cottrell; R. Sutherland, M. Landels, S. Linton, B. Keown, K. Davies, N. Mactaggart, D. Landels, B. McNeil. Subs: H. Scammell, R. Hutton, J. Tinlin, R. Hutton, N. Little, G. Hogg.