Hawick Harlequins 51
A good display of running rugby saw Quins record a comprehensive victory in Saturday’s BT East Regional Division 1 match at Wilton Lodge Park.
Returning to league business following the recent spell of BT Borders Shield ties, the Hawick outfit didn’t have it all their own way, though, and fell behind to a Duns penalty after being caught offside.
From the restart, Quins collected and a break through the visitors’ defence saw Ross Aitken score far out. Adam Hall landed the extras. Duns were battling hard and gained another three points from a long-range penalty to reduce the deficit to just one point (7-6).
The Baker Street men then began to assert themselves, and were getting more ball to play with thanks to their rampant forwards. This spell of possession led to Dale Johnstone notching the Hawick outfit’s second try. Hall was again on target with the conversion.
Still in the ascendancy, Quins then crossed the whitewash for try number three. Captain Neil Douglas showing is class when going over for the touchdown. Hall split the posts with his conversion. With half-time looming, Hall found his range once more with a penalty, after which Scott Anderson took Quins to a bonus point with their fourth score of the afternoon and a 29-6 half-time lead.
Hall soon converted his second penalty, and with Quins now running the ball at every opportunity, and Liam Lawrence, supported by others, controlling the play, it was Lawrence who was next to get his name on the scoresheet. Hall’s strike was successful.
The Teries fell asleep at this stage and two mistakes let Duns in at the corner for an uncoverted try.
Back on their game, Quins kept the scoreboard ticking over through Douglas who kicked through from a scrum before diving over for the touchdown.
Quins saved the best for last with backs and forward combining and a resultant ruck forming. The ball came out to sub Lee Martin who picked up and dived over the maul for the try which was converted by Hall.
Best for Quins were backs Liam Lawrence and Darren Robson and forwards Jordan Hyslop and Dale Johnstone.