FIVE Hawick Wanderers players shared in the Borders’ 45-17 success over Edinburgh in last week’s under-18 inter-district match at Murrayfield to reverse the result of last year’s fixture, writes Alan Lorimer.
Hooker Fraser Renwick and centre Grant Huggan were in the starting team, while prop Robbie Linton, back row Robbie McLean and centre Sean Chapman came off the bench, the latter scoring a try.
A huge effort from the Borderers pack had Edinburgh on the back foot for much of the game, flanker Shane Armstrong, No8 Stephen Ainslie, lock Neil Turnbull and the front row of Ryan Gibson, Renwick and Cole Lothian posting strong performances.
Borders were 14-0 ahead with tries by full-back Gavin Wood and centre George Taylor, who converted both, before Edinburgh scored an unconverted try by Paul McClung. Just before the interval Robbie Nairn ran in Edinburgh’s second try to make it 10-14.
A second try and conversion by Taylor, and an unconverted touchdown from Ainslie, increased Borders’ lead, but Jake Kerr’s try brought Edinburgh back into the game. In a strong finish, Borders added tries by replacements Rory Marshall and Chapman, both converted by Taylor, before Armstrong completed the scoring.
The selection process continues today (Friday) at Murrayfield where Edinburgh/Borders take on Glasgow/Caledonian, with Renwick and Huggan in their side.