Graham pounces to earn Hawick much-needed win

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Hawick’s faltering season received a much-needed boost on Saturday as the Greens fought back from the brink to defeat Currie 17-13 in a tight contest at Mansfield Park.

Much like their previous four BT Premiership games this season, Hawick continuously shot themselves in the foot with penalties, sin-binnings, turnovers

and basic errors, all of which saw Currie rally from a 10-0 half-time deficit to keep it close well into injury time with a 13-10 lead in front of a raucous Mansfield Park.

However, in the end, the Malleny Park outfit simply didn’t have an answer to Hawick’s young flying winger Darcy Graham and a stubborn defence. The Teri star scored two touchdowns, his second a game-winning effort in the dying seconds of the match, to keep a sluggish offence moving, allowing the Greens to survive Currie’s upset bid.

A first-half Lee Armstrong penalty and conversion from a Graham touchdown handed Hawick a 10-0 advantage at the interval.

Currie hit back with a penalty and two unconverted scores in the second half to lead 13-10 and looked set to consign the Greens to a fourth defeat of the season.

Graham then pounced to seal an improbable victory with his fifth score of the season, and as the match clock turned red, Armstrong added the conversion.

Victory lifts the Robbie Dyes to seventh on the Premiership ladder and closes the gap between them and the play-off places.

Hawick: D. Graham, C. Russell, J. Coutts, W. Griebenow, S. Anderson, L. Armstrong, S. Goodfellow, N. Little, F. Renwick, M. Landels, B. McNeil, C. Charters, S. Graham, R. Scott, K. Davies. Replacements: G. Douglas, J. Stierlin, N. Mactaggart, R. Gibson, G. Cottrell.