Twelve-try harleQuins wallop Walkerburn

Quins' Ross Nichol puts the Walkerburn defence to the test with a rampaging run
Quins' Ross Nichol puts the Walkerburn defence to the test with a rampaging run

IT was a walk in Wilton Lodge Park for Hawick Harlequins last Saturday as they romped to victory in the semi-final of the RBS Border Bowl competition with a dozen tries against Walkerburn.

The experienced Neil Douglas opened the scoring with the first of his three tries when he burst through a gap in trademark fashion to touch down, with Scott Peffers converting.

Ross Nichol followed this up soon after with a try which was converted by Peffers.

It was all Quins with relentless pressure, and it wasn’t long before they got the scoreboard ticking over again. Liam Lawrence gathering a pass before running a full 40 yards down the touchline and in behind the posts to increase their advantage further. Peffers easily slotted the extras with the simplest of kicks.

Adam Hall ran well to get his name on the scoresheet for the Baker Street men, after which Douglas notched his second of the afternoon.

Just before half time, prop Craig Richardson broke through the lineout to score. All three kicks were missed.

Despite showing plenty of effort, the visitors just couldn’t find a way through the Quins defence. And after the interval the Teries were soon back in scoring mode when Peffers converted his own try after making a neat break through the Walkerburn line.

Tries were coming thick and fast as the Hawick outfit began to run riot, with coach Rikki Kiore crossing and then Peter Mactaggart, converted by Peffers.

Douglas then grabbed his third score, which was closely followed by a try from Greg McLeod and another from Hall, with Peffers adding the three conversions.

A Quins spokesman told the Hawick News: “This was a good victory which came about after some nice moves that helped create a solid platform for our tries.”

The win sets them up for the final against Gala YM who overcame St Boswells 41-10 in the other semi.