BORDER LEAGUE/SKELLY CUP
STUART CAMERON reports from Riverside Park
WITH Melrose already wrapping up the Pool to take their place in the final, this Border League match was all about pride – and the small matter of the Skelly Cup – but the match started off as if we would be getting a cricket score.
Within five minutes there were two converted tries on the board with Jed’s Robert Ferguson opening the scoring with a try after Darren Gillespie took a quick penalty and fed his prop. Ewan Scott added the extras.
And a minute later, Hawick prop Rory Sutherland battered over the Jed try line and Rory Hutton made it all square with a kick in front of the posts.
It was clear both teams wanted to throw the ball about and play expansive rugby, but plenty of whistle-blowing made this game a stop-start affair and the only other score of the first half was a monster 50m penalty for Ewan Scott to help his team go in front at the break 10-7.
Hawick edged ahead after the restart when Greg Anderson dived over in the corner, but Scott pulled a penalty back for Jed to make it 13-12.
Rory Hutton gave Hawick the lead back on 52 minutes with a penalty, but despite plenty of effort, the final 30 minutes was pointless, with Hawick hanging on to lift the trophy.
Jed-Forest: I. Chisholm; L. Young, R. Hogg, E. Scott, D. Gobby; G. Hill, E. Fowler; R. Ferguson, David Grieve, A. Croitoru, M. Weekley, N. Cook, A. Nagle, Donald Grieve, D Gillespie. Subs: G. Slorance, S. Raeburn, S. Laidlaw, M. Burke, G. Young.
Hawick: S. Anderson; Greg Anderson, G. Johnstone, G. Hogg, Graham Anderson; R. Hutton, G. Cottrell; R. Sutherland, L. Gibson, S. Linton, R. Hogg, K. Willison, N. Mactaggart, G. Lowrie, D. Lowrie. Subs: C. Murray, C. Robertson, L. Mallin, D. Johnstone.