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3rd December 2016 - HAWICK , HERIOTS

Despite the Greens gaining a deserved draw against Heriots at Mansfield Park they find themselves at the foot of the BT Premiership after learning that Boroughmuir had turned over their near neighbours, Watsonians, with a bonus point win.

However, Hawick put in a dogged performance against the Goldenacre men especially up front where they could easily have crumbled against a much bigger and more experienced pack including Edinburgh professional and Scotland squad member, Cornell Du Preez.

Hawick  played with a lot of passion, none more so than locks Keith McNeil (who was awarded Man of the Match) and David Lowrie while in the backs, Darcy Graham, was hungry for the ball and everytime he had the ball in hand he provided the opposition with problems.

The opening stages of the game was fairly equal but after 20 minutes, following a good build by the Greens, skipper Bruce McNeil made a telling break to feed winger Wesley Hamilton for a fine try in the corner which Ali Weir converted with a superb kick.

The lead for the home side was short lived when five minutes later, the powerful visiting pack showed their muscle at the lineout and maul when they were awarded a penalty try after Hawick were penalised for allegedly not releasing the ball. Alex Hagart converted the try in front of the posts while home stand off Rory Hutton, playing his first BT Premiership game of the season, was shown a yellow card by the exchange referee Callum Sharp.

The second half started with the teams level at 7-7 but it did not take long for Heriots to score an impressive try after forwards and backs combined effectively to see full back Charlie Simpson score too far out for the conversion to be successful.

Hagart then Weir exchanged penalties to give the visitors a 15-10 lead after 50 minutes.

With less than ten minutes remaining, the Greens had a good spell with their backs looking much more dangerous than the visitors and it was the talented winger Darcy Graham who showed his skill with a deserved try in the corner to level the scores.

There was no more scoring and the points were shared for the first draw in this season’s BT Premiership.