Jedforest v Hawick
The annual contest between these two clubs for the Skeldon Trophy was played in reasonable conditions under floodlights with a good-sized festive crowd in attendance. Both sides were using the game as a development opportunity and had large squads present.
Hawick started the game strongly and broke the home defence after only 6mins with forward pressure on the Jed line for Stewart Graham to steal a try round the edge of the scrum. Renwick converted easily. The Jed defence were then tested for the next quarter with no more points to the visitors. During a rare foray close to the Hawick line, they forced a penalty at a ruck which gave them 3 points and a yellow card for Green’s lock Keith McNeil.
Hawick regrouped and showed some form a few minutes later with fast hands from a scrum, Renwick made the half break to put Connor Gracie in for a try in the corner. No conversion made the half-time score 3-12 although Hawick should have been further ahead.
The home side came out with all guns blazing and winger Young scored a good try under the posts although some Hawick tackles looked suspect. Lindores converted easily. This was offset immediately as Bruce Campbell scored under the Jed post from a charged down clearance kick. Renwick’s conversion restored the Hawick lead at 10-19.
The game opened up at this point as replacements came on for both sides and Jed closed the gap with a converted try from a 5 metre scrum, although Hawick responded with Gracie’s second try in the corner after some good forward pressure near the line to keep Hawick’s lead at 17-24 as the game entered the final quarter.
More was to come when Jed levelled the score with an excellent running try under the posts from Lewis Young, and then they took the lead at 29-24 with 10 mins remaining with another unconverted try in the corner.
With only 2 minutes on the clock, the visitors restored their lead when Armstrong broke through two tackles to reach the line with Renwick adding the points for a narrow 29-31 advantage. As extra time ticked away, Jed pushed hard for the winning score but both a missed penalty kick and a miss-hit drop goal attempt brought the final whistle and relief for the visiting support. Final Score Jedforest 29 - Hawick 31.