Rampant Redskins notch up 25 scalps in a row

Edinburgh University Blues 10

Hawick YM 21

NATIONAL DIVISION ONE

ROB HILL reports from Peffermill

THE Redskins achieved a milestone this weekend when they chalked up their 25th undefeated match in a row.

The most important fact, though, was that victory at Peffermill made it three from three in their first season in National Division One.

Uni flew out of the blocks and chalked up their first try inside two minutes. From a line-out deep inside the YM 22, the Blues launched an attack and centre Calum Williams broke through the tackles of Billy Lilly and Craig Robson to send flying winger James Walkinshaw soaring up the pitch to score.

Then, YM’s Shaun Desport received a pass about 20m out and, still with a lot to do, managed to wriggle past his man and dive over for the equaliser.

Things remained fairly even until the 29th minute when Ali Weir sold a good dummy and ran under the bar to put the Skins back in front. He duly converted to give YM a 12-5 interval advantage.

The Blues started the second half with the wind and things looked ominous for the Teries when the students scored on the 47th minute. The conversion sailed wide on a difficult day for kicking, but with the score at 12-10 it was game on.

In the last half hour, though, the Borderers played their best rugby of the season and Craig Robson scored the first of two tries by following up on a deft chip through by Ross Armstrong. Seven minutes later, Steven Mabon finished off a fine move to widen the gap further.

Try as they may, the Edinburgh outfit could not penetrate the YM defence and the Hawick side had the final say when Robson accepted a pass to stroll between the posts. Dean McCracken converted.

Hawick YM: M. Douglas; M. Graham, R. Armstrong, D. McCracken, G. Desport; A. Weir, B. Campbell; B. Lilly, G. Douglas, A. Turnbull, S. Mabon, C. Robson, R. Scott, S. Desport, S. Graham. Subs: R. Turnbull, S. Hill, C. Ritson.