Skins’ first-half display proves good enough

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Livingston 5

Hawick YM 24

NATIONAL DIVISION ONE

ROB HILL reports from Almond Park

NOTHING less than a bonus point win against the league whipping boys would have done for Hawick YM last weekend as they strove to catch up with league leaders Musselburgh.

And that is exactly what they did at a blustery Almond Park.

Opting to play with the howling gale at their backs in the first half the Skins soared into the lead when Stuart Graham picked from the base of a ruck and drove over for the first try in the seventh minute. Ali Weir converted.

It took about the same amount of time to work their way back up again from the restart, and this time it was Michael Graham who gathered up a loose ball before weaving himself through the Livingston defence to score a smashing solo try.

And when Glyn Desport scored another cracking touchdown in the 16th minute, beautifully converted from the touchline by Weir to make it 19-0 in only 17 minutes, it looked as if the hosts were in for another heavy defeat.

However, this was not to be and it took YM a further 20 minutes to register another score through Bruce Campbell, who dived over from close range to take the score to 24-0 at half-time and, more importantly, the valuable bonus point.

YM were given instructions at half–time to run everything, but with the ever increasing gale, poor decision-making and questionable officiating, all the Teries achieved was to run into a brick wall for the remaining 40 frustrating minutes. Livi managed to get on the scoresheet with the last play of the match to win the second half 5-0.

But it was a full five points for YM thanks to their bonus point victory – which Musselburgh failed to do – and it’s now game on again for the Championship title. Man of the match: Michael Graham.

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