Hawick Albion Under-16s returned from their mini tour to Italy having played two hard matches in three days, as well as taking time out to see the sites of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Although the boys lost both their matches against bigger opposition, the Hawick lads never gave up and left their hosts with their heads held high.
The tour kicked off on the Friday night with a 15-5 defeat to Pretrarca, with Hawick’s only try coming from Jack Watson after a great offload from Callon Herd.
On Sunday the boys played a very big and well-organised Valsugano team and the Hawick lads kept themselves in the game with some heroic defence, holding the home team up over the try line more than six times, with Logan Woolley and Kyle Brunton leading the way.
The Hawick boys took the lead after an individual Daniel Elliot try, which was converted by Murray Renwick.
But it was the Italian team who ended up winners after two late tries, eventually winning the match 17-7.
Between matches the squad had a day trip to Venice. The boys are pictured in St Marks Square.