Hawick v Jedforest
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26th December 2018 - HAWICK 17, JEDFOREST 26

Hawick made the short journey to Riverside Park for this Boxing Day Booker Border League match with the winner going through to the Booker Border League Final to be played later in the season.

In front of a healthy crowd on a perfect day for rugby, both teams made a lively start but in ten minutes the referee sent the home stand off, Monty Mitchell, from the field after a spear tackle on Greens flanker Stuart Graham.

This gave Hawick an advantage and Bruce McNeil and Keith Davies added first half tries with Lee Armstrong converting one to a penalty goal from the home side for a 12-3 lead to the visitors.

The second half saw the visiting forwards causing problems for Jed and they were awarded a penalty try after continuous pressure to give Hawick a 19 3 lead.

Jed, as you would expect, came back strongly and Lewis Young in the centre was causing the Hawick defence a lot of problems and he showed fine skill to score a try which was duly converted to reduce the Hawick lead to nine points.

Though the Greens changed hooker Matt Carryer and prop Nicky Little with Calum Renwick and Dale Johnstone, the Hawick scrum was still strong and with forward momentum captain  Shawn Muir scored a well deserved try which Armstrong converted for a 26 10 lead with 10 minutes remaining.

Jed’s never-say-die attitude, especially being a man down, got them the final try again converted to finish the scoring in a lively Border League encounter.