’Muir the merrier as run ends

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Hawick 10

Boroughmuir 29

PREMIER GROUP A

A BOTTOM-of-the-table clash with Boroughmuir should have been an opportunity to continue the recent good run of form enjoyed by Hawick.

And indeed, the first 40 minutes did show the hosts were playing with confidence with the backs and forwards combining well. Unfortunately, all the good work of the first half was to no avail as the wheels came off after the break and Hawick really had no answer to ’Muir’s abrasive power play.

A penalty by Ally Warnock opened the scoring for the visitors after three minutes. Hawick began to test their opponents and a good break from Rory Hutton found Steven Anderson on the wing, who touched down in the corner after 15 minutes for a deserved lead.

Another Warnock penalty swung the game Boroughmuir’s way, but another Hutton break was taken on by hooker Lindsey Gibson, whose pass found Anderson, this time on the opposite wing, to touch down for his second try.

Boroughmuir were by now getting more and more into the match and after some sloppy defence by the Teries, Tom Bury strolled in to retake the lead. Half-time score 10-11.

The visitors continued to pressurise and a crossfield kick which Hawick failed to gather resulted in a converted try from Malcolm Clapperton.

Boroughmuir kept the scoreboard ticking over. Another three converted tries, from Johnny Latta, Sam Johnston and Chris Fusaro, along with accurate kicks by Warnock, put the match way beyond the Mansfield Park men and the referee at last brought the match to an end.

Hawick: C. Murray; S. Anderson, Neil McColm, G. Johnstone, G. Anderson; R. Hutton, G. Cottrell; R. Sutherland, L. Gibson, S. Linton, K. Willison, M. Robertson, N. McTaggart, R. Hogg, B. McNeil. Subs: C. Robertson, G. Anderson, S. Mabon, D. Lowrie and M. Landels.