Melrose marched on to claim their second win in the BT Premiership after defeating a much-improved Glasgow Hawks side at the Greenyards with a performance that matched the physicality of the Anniesland side.
The evenly contested match was won/lost with a penalty try early in the second half when Hawks’ full back George Horne, a constant threat in attack, was penalised for using the hand to flick the ball into touch, preventing the Melrose winger Sam Pecqueur from scoring.
It was Melrose who claimed the early points in the game, the Greenyards men going into a 10-0 lead after only 11 minutes with a Joe Helps penalty goal and the centre’s conversion of a try by scrum half Murdo McAndrew, taking an inside pass from Pecqueur.
A try by Hawks skipper Brendan McGroarty converted by Gregor Hunter and then a penalty goal by the former Gala player levelled the scores going into half-time.
The penalty try and then a second Helps penalty put Melrose ten points clear of the visitors from Glasgow, but further goals by Hunter and Horne brought Hawks tantalisingly close but still four points short of the Melrose tally.