Share of points for last-gasp Greens

Hawick's Nikki Walker in action against Currie.
Hawick's Nikki Walker in action against Currie.

The Hawick faithful were once again on the edges of their seats after a nerve-jangling final minute saw them snatch a 31-31 draw from the jaws of defeat at home to Currie.

The Greens were 10-19 behind at half-time and could well have shipped a dozen more tries in the second period were it not for their strong defensive set-up and impressive free-running style at the other end.

The first points of the match came Hawick’s way in the 12th minute, Nikki Walker going over after the Currie defence was caught napping. The Edinburgh professional and former Scotland internationalist using his considerable strength and pace to cross the whitewash. Full-back Lee Armstrong added the conversion.

Not long afterwards, Currie lock Travis Brooke opened the visitors’ account, dotting down against a stretched Greens defensive line after being put through by Joe Reynolds. The latter dragged his conversion attempt wide, which left Hawick leading 7-5 after 20 minutes.

Both sides enjoyed plenty of possession in an open and even first quarter before momentum swung Currie’s way when Hawick prop, Nick McLennan was yellowed carded for repeated ruck infringements. The man disadvantage proved costly with the visitors managing to score 14 unanswered points through tries from captain Ross Weston and Brooke, with Reynolds kicking the conversions.

Leading 10-19 at the beginning of the second half, Currie entered into the spirit of what has become the model for most in the modern game – kicking penalties into touch and rumbling a well-drilled pack over the line – rather than the old ideal of running from deep and using the whole pitch.

Weston notched his second and third tries from the driving maul platform either side of an Armstrong score and conversion to put Currie 17-31 ahead with 20 minutes remaining.

Under head coach Walker, Hawick have gained a reputation as a maverick oufit when in possession, harnessing their pace and creativity, and with 10 minutes remaining, they lived up to that description. Greens hooker Lindsey Gibson breaking a pair of weak tackles to barge his way over for the score, which Armstrong converted, to narrow the margin to 24-31.

Then, after two disallowed scores and only seconds until full-time, winger Scott McLeod pounced to deliver the Teri faithful exactly what they craved, sneaking over the line after a continuous barrage of Hawick attacks.

With the score at 29-31, Armstrong, who had been faultless from the tee all afternoon, calmly booted the ball through the sticks to tie the game at 31 points apiece, handing the Greens a deserved draw and an important three points which take them five clear of bottom side Bororughmuir.

Hawick: L. Armstrong, N. McColm, N. Walker, R. Hutton, S. McLeod, G. Cottrell, N. McLennan, L. Gibson, W. Blacklock, M. McKee, B. McNeil, N. Mactaggart, K. Davies, M. Robertson. Subs: M. Landles, S. Muir, R. Gibson, S. Goodfellow, J. Coutts.