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Earlston 23

Hawick Linden 38

RBS EAST LEAGUE DIVISION TWO

IN THE most unusual start to any match, after awarding a penalty to Earlston in the first couple of minutes, which the kicker managed to miss, the referree indicated that a shout from the touchline could have caused him to miss it, stating he wanted it taken again.

This time, he converted. This is a new one for the law book.

This incident certainly didn’t put off the Teries, and after great work from from Barry Sutherland and Terry Skeet, Gary Wardle’s lovely inside pass to Nathan Murray saw him finish it off.

Then, from inside his own half, Skeet released Wardle, who absolutely blasted his way through the Earlston defence to score, and, just before the break, Sean Goodfellow’s run took play to the Earlston line, where he fed the ball inside to the ever-present Murray, who crossed for Sutherland to convert.

However, some poor tackling by Linden let Earlston back into game with a try either side of the interval, the first one converted.

Both sides exchanged penalties, before Linden pressure resulted in No8 Graeme Colville scoring at the posts. Sutherland converted and touched down himself midway through the half.

Earlston replied with a nice try., but Sutherland kicked two late penalties to put the result beyond doubt.

This was a cracker of a game, with some excellent handling from both sides and some cracking tries, especially from Linden.