Hawick Harlequins 14, North Berwick 21
Hawick’s Harlequins faced North Berwick at Wilton Lodge Park on Saturday in a match likely to decide who would finish second in East league 1.
Quins started the match with a three-point advantage, so the visitors knew they had to win by more than seven points, or score four tries, to move above their rivals.
The home side had 10 players unavailable from the week before and took time to settle. North Berwick dominated territory and possession for most of the first half on their way to scoring three tries and fully deserved their 21-0 lead at half time.
The Baker Street men were struggling and had their work cut out to hold on to second place.
But, as they have done so often this season, with their backs to the wall, Quins rose to the challenge. The forwards kept possession and made sure the rest of the match was played in the North Berwick half, with clever kicking and strong running. With only 15 minutes left, Alan Douglas scored in the corner and Scott Peffers converted. The visitors defended bravely and, with the last play of the game, Craig Kyle scored between the posts.
Scott Peffers added the extra points to secure a losing bonus point.
It was a gritty second half performance by Quins, with all 19 players making significant contributions. The result meant that, if Quins avoid defeat by more than 63 points in their last game against Murrayfield Wands, they will finish second.
Hawick Harlequins: A. Hall, S. Bandeen, G. Lothian, R. Anderson, N. Douglas, S. Peffers, B. Hall, I. Thomson, A. Douglas, C. Richardson, F. Stevenson, C. Kyle, L. Nichol, G. Rodgerson (capt), S. Mabon, l. Martin, R. Nichol, R. Lothian, N. Davidson.