Hawick 16 Stirling County 34
Mansfield Park was bathed in Autumn sunshine for this Premiership clash, which was just as well as supporters waited an extra 40 minutes for kick off due to the Stirling County bus breaking down on route.
The delayed start didn’t seem to affect the performance of the visitors however as Fraser Lyle ran over the Hawick line to touch down after only two minutes, with Johnny Hope converting.
All the pressure was Hawick’s for the next 15 minutes or so and they were rewarded with a penalty which Ali Weir converted.
Strirling struck back immediately with another try from Lyle, converted by Hope, but this time Hawick’s reply came equally as fast with Joaquin Dominguez being bundle over beneath a pile of green shirts.
The end to end action continued with Hope slotting a penalty before converting a penalty try, following another spell of pressure on the Hawick line, to make the half-time score: Hawick 8 Stirling County 24.
Within 10 minutes after the restart Hawick had narrowed the gap to eight points with a Weir penalty and a Rory Hutton try.
The crowd were kept on the edge of their seats as the hosts fought to reduce the leeway further with Hutton again making a decisive move before being stopped short in the Stirling 22. Agonizingly it was the visitors who got the scoreboard on the move again with a Hope penalty.
After what seemed a very long afternoon for the Hawick team and their supporters the death knoll finally sounded on the game with around five minutes remaining. Stirling won a penalty and, with the try bonus in sight, opted to kick for touch and following a successful set piece replacement Ali Price ran round to touch down at the posts, a smooth initiation for newly appointed kicker Colin Hutton.
Hawick: A. Weir; N. McColm, N. Walker, J. Dominguez, S. McLeod; R. Hutton, S. Goodfellow; S. Muir, R. Graham, W. Blacklock, M. McKee, M. Robertson, N. Mactaggart, B. McNeil, K. Davies. Subs: L. Gibson, N. McLennan, G. Lowrie, B. Campbell, M. Douglas