Wands steal a march on rivals PSA

Hawick Wanderers full-back Scott Glendinning evades the clutches of a PSA tackler while in support is young Wands fly-half Corey Wilson

Hawick Wanderers full-back Scott Glendinning evades the clutches of a PSA tackler while in support is young Wands fly-half Corey Wilson

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The first Hawick derby game of the season found both teams in the unusual position of having yet to record a win, so the first league points and a confidence boost was up for grabs, along with bragging rights.

With only four minutes on the clock, the Wands won a scrum against the head and the ball was moved quickly along the line for Sam Bandeen to go in under the posts. Jack McColm adding the conversion.

The match was being played in the forwards but the PSA suffered a blow when Gavin Blair was yellow carded for coming into the ruck from the side.

But this seemed to spur the PSA on and they came storming back into the game, but the Wands defence held firm.

With the half almost over, the Wands’ Craig Kyle was sin-binned for a late tackle.

The second half started the same as the first, with the Wands applying pressure from the off and a well taken line out just inside the PSA half was scooped out to Matty Douglas who slipped two tackles to go over for an unconverted try.

Five minutes later they took another scrum against the head, with McComb knocking back several tackles to go over. Douglas making no mistake with the conversion.

The PSA heads never dropped, and they started to gain the upper hand, pressing the Wands back into their own half. McComb was then shown a yellow card for killing the ball with the PSA right on the line.

It was intense pressure by the PSA, but they couldn’t find a way through the Wands defence.

Scott Anderson went for a risky interception when the PSA had numbers out wide, but he took the ball cleanly to run in from his own 22 for the converted try.

Into injury time a scrum on the PSA 5m line was carried up the blind side by Anderson into the corner rounding off the scoring.

n Hawick Wands v Peebles Colts, Volunteer Park, tomorrow, kick off 3pm. Match sponsor: John Rae Ltd. Teas: Hutton, Butcher.

n Hawick PSA travel to play Duns Colts tomorrow, kick off 3pm.