HAWICK LINDEN were able to blow away some of the festive cobwebs when playing their first game for three weeks in a friendly fixture at Philiphaugh.
The home team opened the scoring in the eighth minute when a long switch pass back to the blind side by Mikey Davies created the space for Craig MacDougall to go over for the touchdown. The lead was doubled when Linden lost their own lineout and Selkirk loose head prop Craig Elliot came on a short ball to plunge over.
A poor Linden lineout in the Selkirk half squandered possession and a half-break by MacDougall allowed Callum McEwan to show his pace and race in at the corner.
For the Teries, Greg Thomson made good inroads into home territory, but Stuart Williams’ thrust to the line ended with Selkirk turning the ball over. The Linden were trying hard to open their account and Greg Baillie’s chase of his own kick ahead into the in-goal area just failed to do so.
The home team stretched their lead to 20-0 after the restart when they went blind from a scrum five and MacDougall touched down again as he twisted in the tackle. This was quickly followed by a soft try from the Linden’s perspective as Eddie Turner barged over from a quick tap penalty. Rory Banks converted.
At this point a hand injury forced Graham Blacklock to retire, leaving the Linden, who had already suffered a trail of injuries, with only 14 players.
Selkirk’s final score came when play was spread wide and McEwan flirted with the touchline as he sped up the stand side and Banks’ conversion completed the scoring.