BORDERS SEMI-JUNIOR LEAGUE
PSA played Duns Colts under the lights at Mansfield Park on Friday night and came away with a hard-earned but deserved victory.
PSA had been on the end of some heavy defeats recently and they were desperate to try and get a victory. Conditions were difficult, the pitch was heavy and it always takes time for players to get used to playing under floodlights. High balls are always a good tactic.
As expected it was a nervy start, but PSA were up for this match – they were physical at the ruck and strong in the tackle, knocking their opponents back.
PSA dominance started to tell and eventually Stuart Hair drove over for a deserved try, with the conversion being added by his brother Euan.
Duns must find Friday nights to their advantage as they started to take control of the match, and only excellent PSA tackling kept them from scoring a try.
After numerous attempts were held out, Duns opted to kick a penalty and PSA finished the first half leading by 7-3.
Duns started the second half on top, their stand-off kicking intelligently into space and causing panic in the PSA back three, but PSA just about coped.
PSA were deep in the Duns half and were awarded a penalty. They took a quick tap to prop Jason Scott who was stopped in his tracks by a high tackle, Jason retaliated and the referee had no option but to show both players a yellow card. This seemed to affect PSA more than Duns, who continued to kick deep into the PSA half. On one such occasion an aimless kick by PSA saw Duns run in a try from 60 metres without a PSA defender laying a hand on him, and the conversion was added.
At 7-10 this would be a massive test for the young PSA side, and they rose to the challenge.
They were determined not to lose this match but time and time again the Duns defenders stopped PSA short.
The match looked like it was going to be another defeat for PSA but in the dying seconds Aaron Hume went over for a try; the conversion was missed but PSA had a 12-10 victory.
This was a great victory for Hawick PSA, as they never gave up and fought for every ball. When they went behind heads never went down, it just made them more determined.
Aaron Murphy was the pick of the forwards, well supported by Callum Bell, and in the backs Euan Hair led by example and Shaun Fleming had his best game for PSA. Hopefully PSA can build on this victory and finish the second half of the season strongly.