To-day's BT Premiership match was played in damp conditions with occasional showers and with Hawick coming out of the blocks like men possessed, but maybe not as carefully as would have been deemed prudent. Jason Baggott opened the scoring with a penalty at four minutes. Five minutes later Melrose broke down the stand side and with a 2 on 1 situation Bruce Colvine passed out to Ruaridh Knott who raced in, unopposed, for a try in the Town Corner. Unfortunately, in the lead up to the try Grant Huggan suffered a severe shoulder injury and had to be replaced. Four minutes later Hawick woes deepened with Shawn Muir suffering a severe knee injury. We wish both of these players a speedy recovery from their injuries. On 23 minutes Dan Elkington broke on halfway off-loading to Aaron Welsh who was caught just short of the line. The ball was eventually re-cycled to Iain Moody whose try, to the left of the posts, was converted by Baggott. Two minutes later Fraser Thomson fielded a Hawick kick ahead in his own 22 and sped up the far side with the ball eventually reaching George Taylor who scored a try to the right of the posts leaving Baggott to convert. Six minutes short of the interval Melrose won a lineout at halfway on the stand side, the ball being passed cross-field to Thomson who skinned the Hawick defence to score the Melrose bonus point try in the Policeman's Corner.
Half time - Melrose 27 Hawick 0.
A minute into the second half Bruce McNeil irritated the referee by being cynically off-side and secured a yellow card for his troubles. Then, six minutes later, Rory Hutton received the same sanction for a "no arms" tackle. And to prove that yellow cards were not one-sided Callum Crookshanks was sanctioned for a deliberate knock on. At the start of the final quarter persistant Hawick pressure was rewarded with Ali Weir crashing in from 2m out for a try which he, himself, converted. With twelve minutes remaining Moody broke down the far side off-loading to Baggott who converted his own try between the posts. At this point Hawick woes continued with Matt Landles and Wesley Hamilton having to depart the field with injuries leaving Hawick with only 13 fit players and the match ending with uncontested scrums.
Melrose 34 Hawick 7.
Melrose - Fraser Thomson, Austin Lockington, Nyle Godsmark, George Taylor, Sam Pecqueur, Jason Baggott, Bruce Colvine, Dan Elkington, Russell Anderson, Ruairi McLeod, Anton Bresler, Aaron Welsh, Ruaridh Knot, Grant Runciman, Iain Moody. Replacements - Cammie MacKay, Callum Crookshanks, Ally Grieve, Murdo McAndrew, David Colvine.
Hawick - Lee Armstrong, Kirk Ford, Rory Hutton, Grant Huggan, Gary Johnstone, Ali Weir, Bruce Campbell, Shawn Muir, Callum Macintosh, Kevin Bryce, Keith McNeil, David Lowrie, Ross Gibson, Stuart Graham, Bruce McNeil. Replacements - Gary Douglas, Matthew Landles, Keith Davies, Wesley Hamilton, Kyle Brunton.
Referee - Mike Adamson. Assistants - Ross Mabon & Alistair Watt.