Season’s best from Quins sees Dalkeith under cosh throughout

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RBS East Regional Division Two

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HAWICK Harlequins produced their best performance of the season as they defeated high flying Dalkeith at Wilton Lodge Park.

The visitors never looked like crossing the whitewash, and it wasn’t long after kick off when the Quins started the scoreboard ticking over through coach Rikki Kiore who used every ounce of his strength to barge over near the posts. Scott Peffers added the conversion.

The home team converged on the Dalkeith line again soon after, and with the forwards in full flow, Gary Rodgerson bolted through the defence to score under the posts. Peffers kicked the conversion as he did with two penalty attempts before half-time to give the Quins a commanding lead at the break.

The second half started in a similar vein to the first with the Quins playing some good rugby, which prevented the visitors from settling, and forced them into making silly mistakes while under relentless pressure.

More scores looked likely and sure enough one soon arrived when Ross Nichol crossed over in the corner after Kiore had made the initial break. The conversion fell short.

At this point the Quins were totally dominant and their forwards were enjoying their best run-out of the campaign.

They kept Dalkeith pinned in their own half and from another failed handling move from the visitors, the livewire Peffers intercepted, kicked ahead and won the chase to the line to score the Quins’ fourth try of the afternoon and secure the bonus point.

The same player added the extras with the conversion to complete the scoring and a great result for the Baker Street outfit.

A spokesperson told the Hawick News: “It was a great display of rugby by the Quins who outplayed their opponents in every phase.”