Greens are best of a bad bunch in Riverside match to forget

Skelly Cup

Jed-Forest13

Hawick15

HAWICK entered their penultimate match of the season safe in Premier Division One, out of the National Cup and bereft of a place in the final of the Border League.

Still there was an opportunity to grab some silverware in the shape of the Skelly Cup and that was about all the Greens could take from a dour performance at Riverside Park.

The weather and pitch was ideal for open, running rugby, but any hopes of a thrilling blood and thunder Borders derby disappeared in the thick of unforced errors and a whistle-happy referee.

Jed-Forest were first off the mark with a converted try in the opening minutes but this was cancelled out when young powerhouse Rory Sutherland stormed over under the posts and Rory Hutton converted.

The only other score in a dull first half was a Jed penalty to give the home side a 10-7 interval lead.

The second half was much the same as the first with both teams unable to get any real momentum going. But powerful winger Graeme Anderson managed to force his way over in the corner after some good work by Graham Hogg to give Hawick a slender advantage.

Jed regained the lead briefly with another penalty before Hutton slotted a similar effort with what proved to be a match winning kick.

The home side gave the Hawick supporters some scary moments in the five minutes of injury time the referee decided to add on but the Greens held on for a hard fought victory.