ONE wonders what the Glasgow Hawks official who branded the Greens as “cheats” in a national newspaper was wondering at the end of this game?
After accepting their punishment for not fulfilling a previous fixture against Hawks, the Greens duly made the midweek journey to Old Anniesland and came away deserved victors against a side who were taken by surprise.
Hawick – playing with pride in the jersey and a determination to win – opened the scoring in the first minute when Stuart Hogg landed an impressive 55 metre penalty goal.
Not long after, Colin Murray was held up on the Hawks line before Nick Mactaggart plunged over for a well deserved try, converted by Hogg, to give Hawick a 10-0 lead after 10 minutes.
Hawks responded with a try before Hogg landed another penalty.
Deep into injury time Rory Hutton was unfortunate going for an interception and the Hawks winger scored to give them the lead at the break.
At the start of the second half, the Greens were under the cosh for a long period with a series of scrums on their own line. Eventually, the referee awarded a penalty try which was converted.
The Greens’ never say die attitude was exemplified when they camped themselves in the home ‘22 and Hogg banged over two penalties after the Hawks flanker had been given a yellow card for fighting to give the Greens a fantastic result.
Hawick: G. Johnstone; C. Murray, R. Hutton, S. Hogg, G. Hogg, C. Robertson, R. Hutton, L. Lawrence, R. Sutherland, L. Gibson, S. Linton, M. Robertson, K. Willison, N. Mactaggart, R. Hogg and B. McNeil. Subs: G. Lowrie, G. Cottrell, D. Johnstone, D. Lowrie and S. Bouglas.