Teries test fans’ nerves with a 
nail-biting draw

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Hawick 31

Currie 31

It’s not getting any easier being a supporter of the Green Machine – especially if you have a tendency for nail-nibbling.

And after Saturday’s thrilling draw at Mansfield Park, there’s bound to be a few fingers down to the quick.

But it’s not all bad news. It seemed for a while that the Teries were heading to defeat – they were down 17-31 with only 20 minutes on the clock – so to get anything out of that situation is bound to settle the thumping hearts of the Robbie Dyes, if only out of sheer relief.

It was the home side who opened the scoring, Nikki Walker taking advantage of a slow-to-react defence to touch down in the 12th minute, the try converted by full back Lee Armstrong.

Currie’s Travis Brooke narrowed the gap in the 20th minute, but Joe Reynolds missed the conversion.

Hawick prop Nick McLennan was sin-binned for repeated ruck infringements, and while he was off the park, Currie hammered home two tries from Ross Weston and Brooke, with Reynolds adding the extras for both.

After the break, visitors’ skipper Weston went over for his second try, before Lee Armstrong added a try and conversion for the Greens.

But Weston’s hat-trick, with conversion from Reynolds, meant Hawick had a mountain to climb.

But such is the swashbuckling, never-say-die nature of their play, the home side began to pluck away at their opponents’ weaknesses. With 10-minutes remaining, hooker Lindsey Gibson broke a pair of weak tackles to barge his way through to score, which Armstrong converted to narrow the margin to seven points.

Then, after two disallowed scores, and seconds remaining on the clock, winger Scott McLeod sneaked over the line and Armstrong retained his 100 per cent match record from the tee to level the scores.