Hawick v Stirling County
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2nd December 2017 - HAWICK 36, STIRLING COUNTY 17

The Greens gained five valuable league points in this BT Premiership encounter when they scored five tries against Stirling County at Mansfield Park.

This was the first win of this season’s campaign for the Greens and the team worked hard at set piece and in defence to wipe away the memory of the 56-29 defeat at Bridgehaugh earlier in the season.

Ali Weir opened the scoring with a penalty after 10 minutes but it was the experienced Ross Curle from Stirling who showed good skill to score the first try of the game that his captain John Hope converted.

With half an hour gone the Greens drove a line out and hooker Matt Carryer scored a well worked try.

Just before half time after good work from Lee Armstrong and Dom Buckley Keith Davies gleefully scored an excellent try which Weir converted to give the home side a 15-7 lead at the interval.

The visitors started strongly and captain Ruaridh Leishman scored from close range and Hope converted to take the score to 15-14.

However, it was the Greens who raised their game and Lee Armstrong showed his kicking skills for Dom Buckley to gather and score another good try once again converted by Weir. With 10 minutes left, Hope once again landed a penalty to keep the score within 5 points.

The Greens had a strong last 10 minutes with replacement scrum half, Gary Munro, scoring  a short range try to give the home side a bonus point. Weir again converted.

Buckley scored his second try before the end with another Weir conversion to give the Greens a well deserved victory.

Bruce McNeil was Man of the Match but he was helped by his pack who dominated proceedings on the day.

The win certainly sets up another big game at Marr on 9 December.