AN excellent all-round performance from Phil Leck’s squad paid bonus dividends on Saturday as the Greens notched their first win of the season.
Having been hampered by injury since the start of the season Hawick finally found the form they had been looking for in an entertaining encounter at Raeburn Place.
Speaking after the game, the visiting coach admitted that it had taken his team time to settle back into Premiership rugby but said that he had every confidence that they could hold onto their top flight status.
He commented: “What we’re trying to do is adjust to the pace of the Premiership and it’s taken a bit of time,..
“Once we’ve got our missing players back and a settled team then we are perfectly capable of competing.”
After a closely fought first half Hawick went into the break with only a one point advantage following two successful penalty goals from Neil Renwick who also converted a try from new boy Michael Fedo.
The pack were playing confidently, however, when Hawick lost Greg Anderson to a yellow card, early in the second half, for a mid-air tackle, warning bells started to sound among the ample ranks of the travelling support.
Those bells were soon silenced however as the genius of Rory Hutton, returning after a prolonged spell in the Mansfield Park medical room, began to take effect.
He created chance after chance, with Scott McLeod bursting onto the end of a wide handling move to touch down after 58 minutes. This was followed up by tries from Lee Armstrong and Hutton himself. Renwick converted one and kicked two more penalties to make up the final scoreline.