HERIOT’S emerged victorious in the wind and rain after a rousing contest on a heavy pitch,
Heriot’s, who lost Michael Liness to injury and replaced him with Stuart Mustard, dominated possession in the first half and their pressure paid off when Graham Wilson kicked a penalty after 17 minutes.
Hawick eventually made their own presence felt and, in the heavy conditions, kicked penalty awards to the corner. They had to replace Wiann Griebenhow with John Coutts.
But Heriot’s continued to offer the biggest threat, and more pressure produced a try for Max Learmonth in the left-hand corner to give his side an 8-0 lead.
The home side continued to press for points and Ali Weir missed a great opportunity on half-time when he pulled a penalty wide from in front of the posts.
It became the survival of the fittest as Hawick pressed strongly for a score on the restart as the Heriot’s defence held firm.
Play switched to the other end and Heriot’s were held up over the line, and then got the ball back when Hawick failed to find touch with a penalty.
Wilson kicked a second goal to extend the lead, which they held on to despite a late Hawick charge.