Ayr 26 - 10 Glasgow Hawks: Bonus point helps Ayr stay top

This bonus-point win ensured Ayr of top place in the Tennent’s Premiership, top seeding and a home semi-final in the end-of-season play-offs, with one game still to play.

Ayr's Paddy Dewhirst in action. Pic: SNS/SRU/Ross Parker

The game was always going to be an uphill battle for a patched-up Hawks. As coach Fin Gillies said: “We were brave, but Ayr were bigger and better.”

Ayr Coach Peter Murchie was obviously happy. “Job done,” was his succinct summation of the match.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Former Scotland Under-20 man Paddy Dewhirst was man of the match with a genuine hat-trick. He scored Ayr’s first three tries, all off turnovers. Hiis second, a brilliant meandering 75 metre solo run, was the pick of the bunch.

Frazier Climo converted the first two, while Liam Brims kicked a penalty for Hawks to make it 19-3 at the break.

Another super bit of counter-attacking brought try number four to former Hawk, now a Warrior, Paddy Kelly. Climo converted before David Corbenici scored another turnover try for Ayr.

Hawks kept plugging away and a tight-head steal set up Kaleem Baretto for a try, converted by Liam Brims.

However, Ayr had the last word when another break-out and some great backing-up produced a final try, right on the whistle, for Dutch scrum-half Amir Rademaker.