Teries take Skelly Cup

Jed-Forest 13

Hawick 15


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.