Hawick’s hometown heroes are looking forward to a Premiership campaign packed with local derbies next season after securing promotion.
It was sheer grit and determination which won the day in their 39-38 triumph in Saturday’s playoff against Dundee.
Up against perhaps the biggest pack in Scottish club rugby, the Greens won out in a brains over brawn scenario.
It was not pretty rugby played by Dundee, and boring for spectators, but it was fitting that the team which played the rugby on the day won the match.
John Thorburn, club secretary, said: “It was a tremendous advert for Borders rugby and pleasing that 21 of the 22-man squad are from the town.
“We were up against it in the forwards, but showed plenty of passion to win through. To get a result like that against a side who competed in the British and Irish Cup is a great achievement.”
He added: “Getting back to the Premiership is huge for the town – we are there on merit and are looking forward to some huge matches next season.”
With Hawick Linden and Hawick Harlequins gaining promotion to East League 1, this year’s 15-a-side season has been a happy one for the town’s players and spectators.
With their promotion, the Greens join Melrose and Gala in the top flight.
It’s great news for the Borders and the treasurers of all three clubs too, with mouth-watering ties to look forward to in the Premiership next season.
Gala will be the area’s only representatives in the new-look British & Irish Cup next season.
However, coach George Graham is not happy that there was clear daylight between them and double champions Ayr.
This is something he has vowed to rectify next season.
The town’s rugby has also taken a hit after Gala YM were disqualified from East League 2. They will play in East League 3 next season.
The club failed to field a team on four separate occasions and were punished by the powers that be.
Gala YM president Jamie Campbell said that due to the dismissal of appeals about the three previous cancellations the club decided not to appeal their disqualification.
“We look forward to next season,” he added.