Hawick Force v Jedforest A
A strong Force team had too much firepower for their Border neighbours from Jed and ran out comfortable winners by 64-0 and scoring ten tries on the way.
The conditions at Mansfield Haugh were “greasy” on top and though the home side made some basic mistakes in the first quarter of an hour they soon got into their stride and scored five tries in the first half with four converted.
For the record try scorers were Murray Renwick, Grant Huggan, Pete Drysdale, Billy McNeil and Bailey Donaldson who also converted four of the tries.
The visitors were struggling to gain any possession and even when the Force used their bench in the second half there was little difference in attitude and performance from the home side.
The Force scored another five tries in the second period through Ruaridh McLeod, Aaron Redpath, Morgan Tait, James Rowley and Gary Wardle, stand off Kyle Brunton converted three of the tries to give an emphatic 64-0 win to keep them top equal of the Tennents East Reserve 1 league.
Difficult to pick out any one player but James Rowley for his lineout work and Ruraridh McLeod for his all round play deserve a special mention but it was a team effort from everyone in the squad that won the day.
The referee Dom Ginn from Duns deserves special mention for his handling of the game. He did finish the game 10 minutes early due to the deteriorating weather and with the game being so one sided.
With Musselburgh 2nds, who share top place with the Force, due at Mansfield Haugh next Saturday it will certainly be worth watching since the visitors are the only team to beat the Hawick reserve side this season.
Looking ahead to the top-of-the-table clash with Musselburgh, Force coach, Lee Stewart said “It was a great win over Jed 2nds and we are really starting to gel as a team. The win puts us in a good position for the second half of the season. Musselburgh will be a huge clash, hopefully we can continue our good form.”