Hawks too good for Souters

Scott Tough looks for his back in the match against Glasgow Hawks
Scott Tough looks for his back in the match against Glasgow Hawks
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A powerful Hawks team showed why they are currently sitting on top of RBS Reserve League National Division One with a typically solid display at Philiphaugh on Saturday.

However, they met stiff resistance from the home side, who battled hard throughout the 80 minutes and could have taken more from the contest but for a couple of errors in the second half which resulted in tries for Hawks.

It was the Souters who put the first points on the board, thanks to a Michael Rutherford penalty, but two converted tries by Hawks saw the momentum swing back the visitors’ way. However, a brace of penalties from the boot of Rory Banks – the second from the halfway line – put Selkirk right back in the hunt, but down 14-9 at the break.

The Philiphaugh men lost the services of fly-half Rutherford through injury, but they narrowed the gap thanks to a smartly-taken drop-goal from Banks in the 55th minute.

However, Hawks stretched their lead with two converted tries in the final quarter.

A minute from time, Calum McEwan scored a brilliant try following good lead-up work by the hard-working home pack, but the city team had the final say with their fifth try two minutes into injury time.

z Selkirk Stormers’ league fixture at Livingston had to be called off because the Almond Park pitch was unplayable.