Hawick v Selkirk
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18th November - HAWICK 38, SELKIRK 29

The Greens had their first home win of the season against Selkirk in a BT Cup game when the home side ran out 38 29 winners at Mansfield Park.

In an entertaining encounter, the visitors started strongly and opened the scoring when their scrum half scored an easy try which was converted. Soon after the Greens opened their account when lively flanker, Guy Graham, scored. Ali Weir landed the conversion and soon after a penalty to give the Greens a 10-7 lead. With quarter of an hour left of the first half, It was Selkirk stand off, Gavin Craig, who scored the next try with the strong running Josh Welsh landing a penalty goal to give the visitors a 15-10 lead.

Just on half time, the home side managed to score a scrappy try from a line out by Bruce McNeil which levelled the scores at 15-15 at the break. The second half opened with Greens skipper, Bruce McNeil, taking a quick penalty and used his strength to score his second try. Ali Weir kept the scoreboard ticking with a penalty goal to take the score to 23-15.

Selkirk – with their backs looking dangerous – scored next when Welsh scored a try behind the posts which he also converted.

It was end to end stuff and Weir kicked another penalty to take the lead to four points. Not to be outdone, the Philiphaugh side scored their fourth try when the rumbustious South African winger, Clinton Wagman, scored a try with Welsh again converting to give Selkirk a 29-26 lead with less than ten minutes to play.

In a grandstand finish, the Greens threw everything at their visitors and prop, Shawn Muir, scored an excellent try created by the pack. In the final minute, after some strong scrumming, Andrew Baillie scored an opportunist try which Weir converted to finish the scoring at 38-29.

An enthralling game with both teams giving everything made for a good tussle. Special mention for Greens Man of the Match, Ruaridh MacLeod, who had an excellent debut for the Greens after replacing Nicky Little who was injured in the warm up.