FOR long periods of this Border League match at Poynder Park, hosts Kelso competed vigorously against their higher ranked visitors.
Each side missed penalties before Neil McColm ran in a try for the Greens, but it was Kelso who scored next when Dom Buckley ran in at the posts. Matt Douglas slotted the easy conversion to take Kelso ahead.
A well-supported break by Murray Hastie took play up into the Hawick 22, where they infringed to allow Douglas to extend the Kelso lead.
McColm reduced the leeway to 10-8 with a penalty goal and to conclude the scoring in the first half.
Whatever was said by the Hawick coaching team at half-time seemed to do the trick and after only two minutes of play in the second half Kieran Willison scampered in from 20m with Lee Armstrong converting.
Persistent pressure then won the visitors a penalty which Neil Renwick converted.
After being warned about the number of penalties conceded in the contact area, Hawick found themselves short-handed for a spell, as Rory Hutton, who came on as a replacement, found himself at the bottom of a ruck and took one for the team as he was shown a yellow card.
Douglas chipped over the penalty to keep Kelso within distancem, but, after a Renwick break and offload to Keith Davies, a Hawick scrum move worked as clean as a whistle, with a number 8 pick-up fed to Greg Cottrell and on to Renwick for him to burst over the Kelso line and complete the scoring.