GALA won a bruising encounter in which five yellow cards were shown and it took a try by their new New Zealand winger, Dwayne Burrows, to split the sides.
Hawick took the game to their opponents with a period of intense pressure and the Gala defence did well to hold out.
But after eight minutes Lee Armstrong broke the deadlock with a penalty that went in off a post.
Gala got a grip on their own performance only for David O’Hagan to miss a close-range penalty, but the stand-off levelled the score in 23 minutes.
There were mistakes from both sides. However, seven minutes from the interval, O’Hagan intercepted a loose ball just inside his own half and ran the rest of the field to score under the posts and added the conversion.
Hawick defended well to the interval. On the stroke of half-time, Willie Blacklock and Craig Borthwick were each yellow-carded by referee Sam Grove White.
Hawick were back on level terms two minutes after the interval with a Keith Davies try from Greg Cottrell’s break and pass and Armstrong converted.
The visitors were reduced to 13 men after Craig Charters was sent to the sin-bin, and soon afterwards Ruairi Howarth became the fourth player to be shown a yellow card.
Bowers put his side ahead with a try in the right-hand corner, but O’Hagan was wide with the conversion and then missed a penalty.
Gala dominated without offering any threat and lost Richie Todd to a yellow card with five minutes left, and the home side were forced to defend desperately for five minutes of injury time.