These two sides contrived to produce an enthralling, high-scoring encounter, which saw Stirling win convincingly in the end.
Hawick scored first through an Ali Weir try after just two minutes. Stirling edged ahead thanks to two penalties from Jonny Hope, then a try by Logan Trotter, which Hope goalled.
However, Hawick showed considerable resilience, Weir closing the gap with a kick, before Tom Brown grabbed a try, converted by Weir, and went in at the break 22-13 up thanks to Ross Combe’s score, which Weir also goalled.
But an explosive start to the second half saw County touchdown twice in a minute, Callum Hunter-Hill and Matt Emmison scoring, both of which Hope converted.
Hawick dragged themselves close when Matt Carryer crossed the whitewash, Weir converting. However, Stirling pulled away again when Emmison got his second score, Trotter then did likewise and Ruaridh Leishman added a late try that Hope converted. Andrew Grant-Suttie rubbed salt in Hawick’s wounds with a very late touchdown, Hope converting.