The Greens travelling support were looking for a kick-start to the season against a Heriots side that had also shown a slow start this year. However, they were to be quickly disillusioned by a display of fast, accurate rugby from the home side that the visitors could not match.
The Greens showed commitment and purpose for the first 15 mins but the rot began on 17 mins when Laird picked up a loose ball bouncing round the Hawick 22 for an easy run-in. The Nails then produced a killer 10 minute spell which produced two tries, a conversion and a penalty with only a penalty in response from Hawick’s Neil Renwick. On 35 mins the home team struck again with pressure under the posts leading to a penalty try and a yellow card for Coutts for a deliberate knock on, giving them a lead of 27-3 and the bonus point in the bag!
The half ended with another fast and secure handling move from the Nails backs up the right wing for a further converted try and a 34-3 half-time lead.
The game was over as a contest but the Greens raised their game after the break and competed well up front for the next quarter and it wasn't until the 28th minute that Heriots again broke through after a multi-phase combination to score under the posts for 41-3. A Hawick player unwisely showed his frustration by speaking to the referee and, from the ensuing penalty kick off, Heriots ran in a good score on the left wing.
With the game drawing to a close, Fraser Renwick drove strongly over the line for a consolation try converted by Neil Renwick. However, the final rally was from Heriots as, deep in injury time, the dominant backs made another break and produced a further converted try for a final score of 53-10.
Hawick have no excuses after this match and will have to find another level of performance quickly if they are going to compete this season. They played at the required pace and intensity for less than 40 minutes in total of this game. The Mansfield faithful will be looking for a much better effort next week against Ayr at home.