Hawick v Selkirk

16th March 2017 - HAWICK 17, SELKIRK 28

This postponed Booker Border League match was played in cold and damp conditions at Mansfield  with a Greens development side playing against a mixture of Selkirk 1st and 2nds players. The game started with both sides showing pace and aggression but with frequent mistakes. The visitors were the first to show their form as McColm made a good break through the Hawick line with Clapperton on hand to take the pass and run in at pace. The extras were added by Welsh.

Hawick upped their game a for the next period and with 30 mins gone forced a penalty which led to a short line out, a driving maul and hooker Douglas claiming an unconverted try. This was followed up on the stroke of half-time with a good running move from the Green’s backs giving Renwick the space to go over for a try. The conversion was missed giving Hawick a 10-7 lead at the interval.

Selkirk were quickly into their stride after the break as, with 2 mins played, Nixon made a break for winger Adams to score the second try. Welsh again converted for a 10-14 lead to the visitors. The home side responded once more and camped on the Selkirk line for several phases, eventually giving Douglas an opportunity to take the ball at speed to power over for a second try. Weir converted to regain the lead at 17-14.

As the coaches rang the changes with several replacements, a mix up in the Hawick defence left a large gap for Whyte to run in an easy try under the post again converted by Whyte. The game settled into an untidy phase with handling errors and poor handling, one of which was seized on by visitors prop Siyothula, who found himself with the ball in the clear to run in under the posts for a fourth Selkirk try, and a bonus point.

The game ended with no further scoring for a Selkirk win by 17-28 points