Gala 2nds 10
Hawick 2nds 12
Hawick’s recently-established reserve side ushered in a new era with an impressive victory at Netherdale on Saturday
“[I’m] completely thrilled with the result,” said coach David Grant. “I told them that I’m a notoriously hard man to please so they must have played well.
“Gala won the top reserve division last year so to do what we did against a team a whole division above us was very pleasing.”
Hawick were sharp and aggressive from the opening whistle, using a blend of youth – the average age of the squad is 21 – and experience to play some compelling rugby.
Starting with four 18-year-olds who were making their first appearances in senior rugby, the young Greens had Gala’s defence in a state of bewilderment, and took the lead midway through the opening half, with Ali Weir showing brilliant vision and pace to skip past a pair of Gala defenders before drifting home untouched to score. The full-back missed the conversion.
The Greens remained on top for most of the opening period but squandered chance after chance to extend their advantage as Gala’s experienced defenders kept their line intact.
The Maroons eventually grew into the contest and their bigger and much heavier team eventually overpowered Hawick to level the scores at 5-5.
Hawick continued to dominate in the second half and eventually retook the lead through Liam Nichol whose movement split Gala’s defence. Weir added the conversion to hand Hawick a 12-5 advantage with less than a quarter remaining.
The Greens failed to convert several further scoring opportunities, and this almost cost them late on as the home side sneaked over for a try in the sixth minute of injury time. However, the Gala kicker dragged his conversion wide to ensure Hawick 2nds began life with a victory.