Watsonians v Hawick

5th November 2016 - WATSONIANS 31, HAWICK 36

For all the dedicated Greens supporters who travelled to Myreside on Saturday, they were rewarded with a bonus point win over Watsonians which moved Hawick off the foot of the BT Premiership.

It was the home side who started with a bang with home full back scoring what looked like an easy try after eight minutes quickly followed by a penalty goal by stand off Ali Chalmers  to give Watsonians an 8-0 lead.

The home team were reduced to 14 men when former Selkirk player, Angus Duckett, was given a yellow card by the referee.

The Greens then upped their game and after a good spell of pressure centre, John Coutts, scored a smart try which Ali Weir converted. The home team then scored another penalty before winger Rory Steele scored under the posts after good work from previous Greens player, Scott McLeod. Chalmers made the easy conversion to give the home team a 18 7 lead.

With five minutes to the break, Greens captain Bruce McNeil did good work before prop Calum Mackintosh scored. Weir converted the conversion as well as another penalty to give the home team a narrow 18-17 lead at the interval.

Chalmers added a penalty goal at the start of the second half and five minutes into the second half Bruce McNeil, with quick thinking, scored from a penalty close to the line. The Greens were playing with a lot of passion and had to work hard in defence and on the hour mark winger Darcy Graham scored a magical try with neat footwork which Weir converted to make it 29-21 to the visitors.

Chalmers again landed another penalty before Ross Gibson scored a fine try with Weir converting for a 36 24 lead with about five minutes left on the clock.

Watsonians were throwing everything at Hawick and after replacement Matt Landels was given a yellow card the referee awarded a penalty try that Chalmers again converted to make the score 31-36.

With a tense few minutes left, the Greens had to defend for their lives but they held out and were deserved winners.

There were numerous good displays for the Greens, including debutant Keith McNeil, but it was flanker Ross Gibson who was Man of the Match.