Quins ease home as Linden lose it

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Hawick Harlequins 40

Hawick Linden 3

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It was a dismal start to the New Year for the Linden when their trip to Wilton Lodge Park ended in defeat to a much more streetwise home side.

The visitors had the opportunity to open the scoring in the first minute, but Gavin Stirling’s penalty kick slipped wide.

The Quins’ Scott Peffers had more success with his first kick and then Barry Sutherland equalised for the Linden with an impressively struck shot between the sticks.

Peffers added his second penalty before Linden’s Steven Harkness was harshly sin-binned for coming in at the side in the middle of the pitch.

The home side took advantage when the ball popped out at a ruck in the Linden 22 and Fred Stevenson hacked on to touch down, with Peffers converting.

Two Peffers penalties stretched the Quins’ lead to 19-3 at the break.

The Royal Blues started the second half well, playing most of the game in the Quins’ area, but – perhaps unwisely – ran a couple of kickable penalties as the home side escaped any additional punishment for four penalties in the red zone.

When the Linden did not remove hands at a ruck on halfway, a yellow card was shown to John Tait.

Stevenson sportingly advised the referee it was the wrong man and Tait was reprieved, but only momentarily as he was binned at the next tackle and furiously left the field.

From this point the wheels came off the Linden wagon and Ross Nichol, Scott Peffers and Greg McLeod scored tries for the Quins, all converted by Peffers to secure a convincing victory.