Second half fightback from Souters narrows league divide

Hawick v Selkirk
Hawick v Selkirk

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With the scoreline sitting at 38-0 in favour of Hawick at half-time, some would be forgiven for presuming the barrier between Premier and National league rugby was impenetrable.

Selkirk had other ideas, however, in this Friday evening fixture at Mansfield Park.

And while the young Souters still lost the Booker Border League game, they certainly gave their hosts plenty to think about when storming to a 26-5 second-half victory. Hawick stand-off Matty Douglas for one was keen to look at where it had all gone wrong.

“We just seemed to switch off,” he said.

“We came out after the break and they scored almost straight away and our tails went down.

“We were really happy at half-time. We played what we had been trained and everything was going right. We are going to have to look at this going forward.”

Hawick went cruising in at the break with tries from Scott Peffers, Ross Graham, Scott McLeod, Lee Armstrong and Greg Cottrell, with Armstrong adding a penalty and five conversions.

The happy home supporters were soon to be silenced, however, as a revitalised Selkirk team arrived on pitch for the second half. An immediate break saw Callum McColm touch down for the Souters before Neil McColm notched the last five points for the hosts.

Tries from Matt Kissick, Josh Welsh and Craig MacDougall, Welsh converting three, added to the visitors’ tally.