Hawick are assured of a place in Scottish rugby’s Premiership next season following a committed performance over Heriot’s at Mansfield Park.
Anxious home supporters suffered a nerve-wracking 60 minutes, however, before they could breath a sigh of relief.
The hosts took an early lead with a Neil Renwick penalty, but two similar efforts from Heriots’ Wilson saw the visitors ahead.
Bruce McNeil powered through for the first try, converted by Renwick, for a 10-6 lead before an interception and easy run in to the corner for the Heriot’s no. 6 edged the visitors ahead by a point.
A piece of excellent backs play brought the home crowd to their feet just before the break when Nikki Walker took the final pass to score in the corner. Renwick converted from the touchline for a 17-11 half-time lead.
The buzz around Mansfield was silenced just after the restart when a forward drive led to a converted try and, minutes later Wilson continued his fine kicking display with a penalty to stretch Heriots’ lead to four points.
However, the Hawick players never dropped their heads and when Heriot’s Turner paid the 10-minute penalty for his team’s repeated infringements, captain Greg Cottrell led the charge for Keith Davies to take the final pass and run in under the posts. Renwick made no mistake and the Teries were back in front.
The last quarter saw Hawick gain the upper hand and seal the win when Graeme Anderson scored the bonus-point try. Renwick converted.