The Greens travelled to The Greenyards on Saturday to play the very much in form Melrose team who have won eight games on the trot, averaging 46 points a game and twelve points clear of the second place team in the league table. With the visitors propping up the BT Premiership, Melrose red hot favourites, the game ended with a 30 20 win for the home team.
There was a strong wind blowing down the pitch and the home side were playing into the wind in the first half and showed good continuity and denied the Greens of much ball as the visiting forwards were out muscled in the forwards and Melrose scored four tries before half time and also landed two converstions. Greens full back, Ali Weir, was successful with two penalty goals in the first half.
Melrose second row Angus Runciman and Hawick flanker, Stuart Graham, were both shown yellow cards in the first half.
Things were looking ominous for the Greens at 24-6 down with the home side now having the wind behind them. However, Hawick played some superb rugby in the second half and kept possession for long periods as well as pinning Melrose very much in their own half.
Gary Munro, playing out of position, scored two excellent tries as he had done the week previous against Ayr and Hawick’s other points were scored by Weir with two excellent conversions.
Grant Runciman received a yellow card from the referee in the second half.
Melrose gained another five point win but they knew they had been in a game. Hawick didn’t get any points from the defeat but there was another increase in intensity and it is to be hoped a much needed win might not be far away.