Hawick lose their way in second half to forget

Action from Hawick v Boroughmuir
Action from Hawick v Boroughmuir

Hawick’s excellent performances against Ayr and Dundee HSFP showed great determination and teamwork and indicated that the Green Machine had finally clicked into gear.

With two Premier ‘A’ league matches remaining and a Cup quarter final to look forward to, Hawick’s supporters must have had great confidence in finishing this chaotic season with a final flourish.

A bottom of the table clash with Boroughmuir should have been another opportunity to continue this good run of form and indeed, the first 40 minutes showed Hawick were playing with confidence with the backs and forwards combining well.

Unfortunately all the good work of the first half was to no avail as the wheels came off in the second period and the Greens really had no answer to the abrasive and power play of Boroughmuir.

Hawick rarely threatened and the visitors enjoyed long periods of possession and territorial advantage while the home side’s visits to the Boroughmuir half were few and far between.

A penalty by Ally Warnock opened the scoring for the visitors after three minutes. But a similar kickable effort by Rory Hutton two minutes later was wide of the mark.

Hawick were continually testing the Boroughmuir defence and a good break from Hutton found Steven Anderson on the wing who touched down in the corner after 15 minutes to give them a deserved lead.

Another Warnock penalty regained Boroughmuir’s advantage. But the hosts hit back and after 18 minutes another Hutton break was taken on by hooker Lindsay Gibson and his pass found Steven Anderson, this time on the opposite wing, to touch down for his second try.

Boroughmuir were coming more into the match and after some sloppy defence by Hawick, winger Tom Bury strolled in after 35 minutes to retake the lead.

The second half started and continued with Boroughmuir pressurising the Hawick line and only good defence initially kept the visitors out.

But a cross field kick, which caused chaos in the home defence resulting in a converted try for Malcolm Clapperton. At this stage it was all Boroughmuir and the scoreboard was ticking over at regular intervals. Another three converted Boroughmuir tries, from Johnny Latta, Sam Johnston and Chris Fusaro, put the match way beyond Hawick and the referee at last brought the match to an end with a deserved victory for the Meggatland team.