Understandably, there were a number of handling errors from both sides due to the conditions and the first few minutes saw Hunter and Weir exchange penalties with Hunter adding a second shortly afterwards.
Gala were first into their stride however, when pressure combined with less than effective Hawick tackling gave space for the Maroons to run in for a converted try.
Hawick responded well, however, and shortly before the interval, good ball from a ruck gave Kyle Brunton the chance to sell a classic dummy pass and run in close to the posts where, unselfishly, he slipped the ball to Huggan on his shoulder for a converted score. Hunter missed a penalty chance a few minutes later and the interval came with the teams close on 13-10.
The second half started well for the home team when penalty at a ruck led to a 5 metre line out from which the Gala backs manufactured a gap for the winger to run in. Hunter made no mistake and the home were ahead 20-10. The match settled into a somewhat scrappy affair with little for the crowd to cheer but, after 28 minutes, Kirk Ford was judged to have deliberately knocked on leading to a yellow card for him and another 3 points from Hunter’s boot.
Hawick turned the pressure up and with Hutton on the field and showing some familiar touches, the Greens back division cut through the Gala defence for a try from Lee Armstrong. Armstrong was unable to add the extras, though, leaving the visitors still needing two scores with 5 mins remaining. Despite a few close calls, the home defence managed to hold firm at the cost of a meaningless yellow card to their scrum-half with 30 seconds remaining. The game ended with a Gala win at 23-15 and they now progress to the next round.
All the Greens focus now will be on the critical league match in two weeks time!