Hawick stun Currie with opening salvo



HAWICK continued their revival to draw level with Currie in the table. The visitors could hardly have opened better, catching Currie cold in the second minute for Barry Sutherland to nip in for a try from a scrum ten metres out.

Currie’s restart gave Hawick instant possession again and fullback Graham Hogg romped over for a second with barely four minutes gone.

The Borderers had their tails up, sensing Currie were still in disarray, and a tremendous series of take and drives by the Hawick gave Hogg his second touchdown. Once again, Colin Murray, failed to convert, but with three tries in 13 minutes, Hawick weren’t too worried.

Yet when Currie found some shape to their game, those missed kicks began to look important. Flanker Jonathan van der Schyff grabbed their first points, his try converted by Michael Ker. Murray returned fire though by beating three defenders for another score.

A penalty at the break by Ker left Currie ten adrift, before a second try for Van Der Schyff and Ker’s conversion brought them to within three points.

However, with Currie Prop Steve MacEwan binned for a ruck offence, Hawick closed it out as Elliot went over. A Ker penalty in injury time did at least provide Currie with the consolation of a bonus point.

Currie: A Muir (G Moffat, 40); D Flockhart, K McShane, G Moffat (D Officer, 16), T Meadows; M Ker, R Snedden; C Quigley, G Scott, S MacEwan, A Adam (P Sullivan, 31), A Slight, B Morrison (J Van Der Schyff, 16), C Shaw, D Baikie (D Wilson, 71).

Hawick: G Hogg; C Murray, J Houston, D McCracken, K Hedley; B Sutherland, K Reid; A Gillie (B McNeil, 57), M Landels, W Blacklock, G Petrie, J Coetzee (I Elliot, 35), B Keown, D Landels, R Deans

Referee: Mike Hall (Boroughmuir)

Scorers: Currie - Tries: Van Der Schyff (2). Cons: Ker (2). Pens: Ker (2) Hawick - Tries: Hogg (2), Sutherland, Murray, Elliot.