RBS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAGUE ‘B’
THREE excellent first-half tries by Hawick YM, all of which were scored playing into a howling gale, saw the Redskins lay the foundations for a bonus-point victory over old adversaries Lasswade.
The win, which sees YM sitting in fourth place on 12 points, was hard-fought throughout, and the home pack, in particular, emerged with great credit for a dominant display
YM skipper Bruce Campbell told the Hawick News: “It was good to beat Lasswade after they beat us in the cup final last year.
“We played well, stuck to our game plan, and our fowards were brilliant.”
“Alluding to the Reds’ solid start to the campaign, Campbell continued: “Things were a bit unsettled during pre-season as we were struggling for players. But since we started the season we’ve done well to only lose one game.”
Some excellent driving forward saw the home team breaking the deadlock on 15 minutes with a superb try in the right-hand corner from the supporting Alistair Turnbull, the prop being first on the scene when a pass from Craig Robson was knocked back towards his own try line by the last Lasswade defender.
The conversion was missed from wide on the right by Welsh, but it was clear by the 20-minute mark that the Lasswade scrum was in complete disarray and Robson was able to pick up and dive over from close range for an unconverted try.
The next Hawick touchdown, which completed the first-half scoring, came courtesy of Ryan Hogg, who shrugged of the Lasswade defence for try number three following a half-break and inside pass from Dean McCracken.
Three first-half injuries to front-row players meant that Lasswade came out after the break to the welcome relief of uncontested scrums, and were able to show their attacking abilities with a cracking try by replacement winger Ian Wilson following a move involving Lasswade captain Gary Brown and Bernie Hennessey from deep inside their own 22.
The conversion was missed by Blackwood from wide on the left but at 15-5 after 55 minutes the visitors were back in the game.
YM again began to get on top and on another day Lasswade might have found themselves reduced in numbers. A stream of penalties were awarded at the breakdown for slowing down possession but referee Mr Ireland was clearly in a benevolent mood.
The decisive score of the match was only delayed, though, and was sparked by John Coutts who sidestepped Jamie Blackwood deep inside the Lasswade 22. Coutts was then blatantly tripped by the despairing Blackwood, and the ref played a good advantage, with the ball recycled at the ensuing ruck, and Ross Armstrong on hand to take the scoring pass.
With the simple conversion by the same player the Redskins were out of sight at 22-5 with a four-try bonus point in the bag with 15 minutes remaining.
To their credit, Lasswade never threw in the towel and strove manfully to secure a losing bonus point.
After 77 minutes, Hennessey brushed aside a weak tackle attempt in the 10 channel and Kyle Smith was on hand to take a pass and sprint in from 60 metres for a try, which was easily converted from in front of the uprights to take the score to 22-12.
The Redskins were not to be denied, however, and despite a couple of penalties for the visitors in the final two minutes, the score remained unchanged.