Hundreds of heartbroken Hawick supporters left Murrayfield on Saturday wondering what had happened to the team who had performed some giant killing acts in the months previous.
The answer is nothing, they were beaten quite simply by a team who were hungrier on the day and had the luxury of three pro players – stand-off Carl Bezuidenhout, prop Simon Berghan and back row man Magnus Bradbury – to call upon to boost their already streetwise side.
It would be wrong to suggest these pros made all the difference – Boroughmuir were superb all over the pitch. But there is no doubt their involvement provided a key advantage over a Hawick side with none of their draft pros available.
Teries’ player-coach Nikki Walker was certainly in no mood to make an issue of Boroughmuir’s professional edge.
“We actually came away from the draft delighted, but it never worked out well for us, with guys being involved with Edinburgh and being injured, he said.
“It comes down to luck. Fair play to them and I’m not holding anything against Boroughmuir. Those guys, the Bezuidenhouts and Berghans, they’ve played for them all season, so why shouldn’t they get to play in a cup final.”
Hawick simply weren’t given the chance to get going in the match. Despite having by far the biggest support of the two sides, they lost to a rampant outfit who ran in eight tries.
Walker’s men were never really in the hunt, although their determination when defending in their own 22 for the majority of the second half was hugely commendable.
The capital outfit showed their intentions from the off and were 10 points clear after seven minutes thanks to a try from Johnny Adams, converted by Bezuidenhout, who also added a penalty.
Lee Armstrong slotted a three-pointer for the Greens before three more tries from Bradbury (2) and Grant McConnell, two converted, sent the ’Muir side soaring again.
A Scott McLeod try, converted by Lee Armstrong, was cancelled out when Berghan crashed over just before the break, Bezuidenhout once again adding the extras for Boroughmuir to take a half-time lead of 36-10.
The Hawick supporters kept behind their team throughout and it was to a resounding cheer that the Borderers returned to the pitch for the second half. But, smelling victory like a pack of hounds, Boroughmuir continued to shake their opponents by the throat and further tries from Mike Entwistle, Iain Moody and Seb Visser, two converted, killed the game off.
The never-say-die attitude of the Hawick side prevailed as much as it could throughout the second half, with some keen defending and a consolation try from Lindsey Gibson with Armstrong converting.