Melrose 21 - 10 Hawick: Rose leave it late to win Borders derby

Melrose proved too strong for Hawick but the defending champions were made to work for their win, trailing 7-10 going into the final ten minutes before securing a penalty try and then adding a late score by replacement centre Patrick Anderson.

Melrose's Patrick Anderson. Picture: Graham Stuart/SNS/SRU

The teams were level 7-7 at half-time, Melrose scoring through Scott Lawson from a driving maul and Hawick replying with a stylish try made by a break from stand-off Lee Armstrong, support from centre Andrew Mitchell and a deadly finish from flanker Stuart Graham.

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Hawick dominated possession and territory in the third quarter and were unlucky not to capitalise when flanker Drew Davison, with an open goal, failed to take a skewed clearance kick. In the event the Greens had to be content with a penalty goal from Armstrong.

In the final ten minutes Melrose turned the screw in the forward battle and after three dominant scrums were awarded a penalty try before Anderson’s converted try sealed the win.