Hawick v Melrose
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17th March 2018 - HAWICK 38, MELROSE 3

The Greens maintained their BT Premier status for next season with a convincing 38-3 win over Border rivals Melrose at a wintry and bitterly cold Mansfield Park on Saturday.

This was a tense affair with the Greens in ninth position in the league and Marr below them in tenth place playing at home to Stirling County. Also in the relegation mix was Glasgow Hawick who were at home to Boroughmuir.

The visitors arrived as the top club in Scotland (and their reserve team the top of their league also) and made the decision to rest some of their players that had played for the Scotland Club XV the night before in their win over Ireland at Netherdale.

It was Melrose who started the stronger and the Greens looked a bit nervous in the opening stages. Next season’s Edinburgh Rugby pro player, Jason Baggot, opened the scoring with a penalty goal. It took the Greens till five minutes before half time to open the score when allocated Edinburgh Rugby prop, Allan Dell, scored drove over from a close range lineout.

For the second half, the Greens raised their game and with the elements behind them, the pack took control of the game.

Scrum half Greg Cottrell showed good awareness to score his try that Lee Armstrong converted before quick tries from props, Nicky Little and Dell again with Armstrong converting both gave the Greens a 24-3 lead and a bonus point.

The conditions were difficult for both teams but it was the Greens again through skipper Bruce McNeil scored the next try with Armstrong again converting.

The final try was scored by centre Dom Buckley who took his opportunity well and the last conversion was kicked by prop, Matt Landels, who was playing his last game at home after spanning a 20 year career with the club.

Man of the Match was Lee Armstrong.