Hawick exit cup at the hands of on-fire Currie

Action from Hawick Scottish Cup quarter-final against Currie on Saturday
Action from Hawick Scottish Cup quarter-final against Currie on Saturday

WITH a strong breeze in their favour, Currie blew Hawick away in the opening 40 minutes of this match at Mansfield Park.

Any hopes the Greens had of progressing in the this season’s Cup competition were dashed in a first half to forget as the men from Malleny racked up a commanding lead.

And although the hosts rallied in the second period, winning the try-count by three to zero, all they could ultimately do was make the scoreline look respectable.

Hawick were on the back foot almost from the off, with the strong Currie pack combining well with their backs to open up the Greens defence time and again.

They simply had no answer to the power play of Currie.

Paying a heavy price for missed tackles, the home side succumbed to scores from recent Edinburgh signing Tom Brown, stand-off Matthew Scott and Ross Weston, while the evergreen New Zealand centre Hayden Abercrombie had obviously brought his kicking boots as he slotted three penalties and two conversions.

Hawick had suffered heavily in the away match against Currie earlier in the season and the Greens supporters would have been forgiven for fearing the worst as the two teams went in at the interval.

But thankfully they rallied somewhat for the second period and the impressive scrum half Greg Cottrell managed to get their first points on the board when he skipped in under the posts, with Rory Hutton adding the conversion.

The Greens were making fewer mistakes and putting up a fight against the Currie forwards.

But the visitors’ defence was proving a tough nut to crack and Abercrombie punished their indiscretions with two more penalties to all but seal Currie’s spot in the semi-finals.

However, typical of their season so far, Hawick refused to give up and fought hard right to the final whistle, adding a further two tries.

The first came after a good breakaway from replacement flier Craig Robertson, which was converted by the boot of Gary Johnstone.

And in the final minute captain Bruce McNeil went over, with Hutton this time adding the extra two points.