Ice and easy as Greens keep their cool at Riverside Park

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DESPITE the sub-zero temperatures, a good crowd turned out at Riverside Park on Friday night for this Borders Regional Cup clash.

Both teams were keen to play an open game, but following the disappointment of narrowly losing to Melrose in their opening cup match, Hawick were determined to avoid making the same early mistakes.

They endorsed this by scoring the first converted try after only two minutes, Lee Armstrong dancing around the home defence to touch down.

Neil Renwick converted and added a penalty before Jed got themselves on the scoresheet with Iain Chisholm scoring an interception try under the posts for Chris Laidlaw to convert. Armstrong and Renwick repeated their earlier feat on 36 minutes to make it 7-17 at the break.

Just after the restart, Chisholm scored his second interception try, again converted by Laidlaw.

A purple patch for the visitors, however, saw further tries from Wullie Blacklock, Jake Evens and Neil McColm, all converted by Renwick, more or less putting the game out of reach.

With just 10 minutes remaining, Jed strove to get back into it and were rewarded when Declan Wallace forced his way over in the corner. A quick tap and go from Armstrong, however, saw the Hawick stand-off make his hat-trick, converted by Renwick, while Jed had the last say when Sean Goodfellow scored under the posts to give Laidlaw an easy conversion.