Match Reports

Hawick vs Melrose 18.3.18

17 Mar 2018

The final regular BT Premiership match of the season, a game of two halves, was played with a bitterly cold wind, with snow showers, blowing towards the Town. Whilst the Hawick team was at full strength, Melrose were under-strength with seven regulars having been involved in the Club Scotland defeat of their Irish counterparts at Netherdale the previous evening. Melrose opened strongly and, with the gale at their backs, dominated the first twenty minutes. Jason Baggott opened the scoring with a penalty at five minutes, but, with Patrick Anderson being hauled down short of the line, there was no further scoring until Allan Dell drove over for an unconverted try from a lineout drive, on 36 minutes.
Half time – Hawick 5 Melrose 3
Hawick now had the advantage of the elements and seven minutes into the half Bruce Colvine was yellow carded for, apparently, tripping an opponent and Greg Cottrell nipped over for a try converted by Lee Armstrong. Five minutes later Nicky Little capitalised on a penalty lineout with a try converted by Armstrong. The Hawick bonus point try came a minute later when Dell, benefitting from a good break by D’arcy Graham, crossed with Armstrong converting. Hawick were now on a roll and, five minutes later, Bruce McNeil scored a try converted by Armstrong. The final score came from a toe-poke through by Armstrong bouncing off the right-hand upright into the arms of Dom Buckley who wasted no time in dotting down. Retiring prop Matt Landles successfully kicked the conversion to end his Mansfieeld career.
Congratulations are extended to Hawick for ensuring Premiership rugby next season.. Meanwhile, Melrose play Watsonians at The Greenyards next Saturday in the semi-final of the BT Premiership play-off.
Hawick 38 Melrose 3
Hawick - D'arcy Graham, Gary Munro, Keith Davies, Dom Buckley, Ross Coombe, Lee Armstrong, Greg Cottrell, Allan Dell, Matt Carryer, Nicky Little, Craig Hamilton, Dalton Redpath, Ross Gibson, Stuart Graham, Bruce McNeil. Replacements – Fraser Renwick, Matt Landles, Shaun Muir, Shaun Fairbairn, Ali Weir.
Melrose – Austin Lockington, Thomas Klein, Patrick Anderson, Gavin Wood, Ross McCann, Jason Baggott, Bruce Colvine, Dan Elkington, Richard Ferguson, Ruairi McLeod, Aaron Welsh, Angus Runciman, Ali Grieve, Ruaridh Knott, Ruairidh Campbell. Replacements – Ben McLean, James Dobie, Thomas Brown, Struan Hutchison, Adam Hall.
Referee – Graeme Ormiston.


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