Young Teries reap the benefits of being an SRU school of rugby

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Galashiels Academy15

Hawick High School secured their place in the semi-final of the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Under-18 regional Plate competition in a quality match that produced eight tries, writes Alan Lorimer.

Now in the third year as a designated School of Rugby, Hawick has benefitted from the fitness and extra training that the SRU programme brings and that certainly showed in the second half when they were able to dominate the game. But early in the first half, Galashiels Academy, who had impressive performances from scrum half Mark Amos, centres Aidan Turner and Andrew Mitchell and prop Neil Turnbull, enjoyed a 15-5 advantage through tries by Turnbull and winger Euan Graham (2).

“We made a lot of errors early in the game and that let them win a lot of territory,” said Hawick High’s coach, Scott Renwick.

Galashiels Academy are undoubtedly handicapped this season by a lack of depth in their squad.

Outstanding for Hawick were hooker Fraser Renwick, centre Matthew Mallin, lock Murray Renwick and midfielder Sean Chapman.

Hawick led 17-15 at the break with first-half tries from locks Renwick and Daniel Suddon and centre Mallin, with one conversion from stand-off Kyle Brunton.

Then, in the second half, Mallin – with two further scores – completed his hat-trick. Hawick’s other tries were scored by Fraser Renwick and replacement Logan Gordon-Wooley, Brunton kicking four conversions.