Hawick v Currie Chieftains
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2nd September 2017 - HAWICK 28, CURRIE CHIEFTAINS 39

The Greens opened the BT Premiership campaign with a disappointing 29-39 loss to a well drilled Currie Chieftains side on a sun drenched Mansfield Park.

Prior to kick off, there was a minute’s applause for former Greens threequarter, Graham Hogg, who sadly died three weeks ago. Graham was also influential in taking Currie to their current Premiership status since joining the club in the mid 80s.

It was the visitors who controlled the first half with slick play, especially from half backs Shiel and Forbes, and they scored four tries to earn them the bonus point, all tries were converted by stand off Forbes as well as landing two penalty goals.

The only bright light for the Greens supporters in the first half was a try from Edinburgh Rugby professional, Darcy Graham, who showed his electric speed to score a good try converted by Ali Weir to make the half time score 7-34.

There was an improvement in the second period from the Greens with Kyle Brunton, Ross Combe and a penalty try with Ali Weir landing two conversions.

On a positive note, the Greens did get a 4 try bonus point but they need to raise their game considerably  – especially their first time tackling – or they are in for a torrid season.

The Chieftains are to be congratulated on their display and certainly played attractive rugby and could well be an early contender for a top four finish.

The exciting Darcy Graham was also carried off the field with a serious looking injury in the second half.