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Allan Glen’s 15

Hawick YM 34

NATIONAL SHIELD QUARTER-FINAL

ROB HILL reports from Bishopbriggs

KNOWING a win would leave them one step away from a Murrayfield final Hawick YM duly brought home the bacon with a very good win.

The opening stages were a bit like a chess match with Allan Glen’s winning some decent ball and putting the Teries under pressure, but first blood went to YM when they were awarded a penalty in nine minutes, and Lee Armstrong slotted the kick.

The first try was scored on the 15-minute mark when a Scott McLeod chip was charged down by the home winger, who gathered the bounce to run in for the score.

The next 15 minutes was fairly nip and tuck, but eventually the Redskins struck with a superb try.

Steven Mabon intercepted a pass from the Glen’s scrum half as they were attacking, and stormed up the pitch.

He was stopped, but from the ruck Stephen Hill picked and the ball was moved through Lee Armstrong, Dean McCracken and Chris Ritson before Neil McColm looped in to score in the corner.

A further penalty by Armstrong on 37 minutes made the half-time score 11-5 to YM.

Two minutes into the second half, the Borderers took control of the game when Craig Robson was put in for a try, superbly converted by Armstrong.

Glen’s struck back on 51 minutes with their own penalty but a further two from Armstrong put YM 24-8 in front with 11 minutes to go.

An excellent converted try gave Glen’s a glimmer of hope, but another well-struck penalty and a further converted try by McColm saw the Redskins home.

Hawick YM: N. McColm; C. Ritson, S. McLeod, D. McCracken, G. Desport; L. Armstrong, B. Campbell; B. Lilly, G. Douglas, A. Turnbull, S. Mabon, L. Mallin, C. Robson, S. Hill, R. Gibson. Subs: A. Weir, R. Borthwick and C. Traynor.