Stirling County v Hawick

9th September 2017 - STIRLING COUNTY 56, HAWICK 29

The Greens travelled to Stirling County on Saturday and were well beaten 56 29 by the home side in this BT Premiership encounter. Hawick did manage to score 4 tries which gives them their second successive losing bonus point.

The first half saw two fairly even sides play attractive rugby with Greens stand off Ali Weir opening the scoring after three minutes. The Bridgehagh side then took charge and landed two quick penalty goals as well as a try and conversion. Not to be outdone, the Greens had a good spell of pressure and Ali Weir landed another penalty and two conversions following tries from Edinburgh Rugby full back, Tom Scott, and lively winger Ross Combe after Lee Armstrong had intercepted in his own 22.

The second half saw Stirling get off to a flyer and they scored 17 points in the first eight minutes of the half. The Greens did respond with a well taken try by Matt Carryer after Greg Cottrell made space for him. Weir converted to take the score to 30 29 for the homes side with 15 minutes play left.

Hawick capitulated from here on in and Stirling scored almost at will with four tries before the end of the game, three of which were converted.

Head coach, Darren Cunningham, said -  “I thought we started quite well and scored a good try early on through some good support play. We were controlling the game in most areas and went in at half time leading by 9 points. Second half we made some changes, which on paper were very good changes but for some reason we lost our way in the first few minutes of the second half and conceded 17 points. But we were still in it and still in a good position to win the game when we started falling off tackles and trying to force the game. We conceded some pretty soft tries through our 'loose' tackling and ended up losing 56-29 which to be fair wasn't really a reflection on the game. Lots to put right at training but a bonus point away from home is a positive.”