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1st XV - Match centre

Hawick Harlequins RFC
Berwick RFC
N Anderson, S Mabon, B Richardson
Tries
E Thompson, G Hill (2), R Hindhaugh (2)
S Peffers
Conversions
A Skeen (4)
S Peffers
Penalties
A Skeen
Sat 29 Sep 15:00 - East Region - Tennent’s East Region League 1 Full time

Hawick Harlequins RFC 20 Berwick RFC 36

Berwick play Joker to claim points against Hawick’s Harlequins.

Berwick took the road to Hawick on the back of a good week in training and with the side bolstered with the signing of prodigal son Ali Grieve from Hawick. The game was always going to be a hard game given Hawick’s winning record against Berwick and on the back of them being Champions for the last 2 seasons. The game started brightly with a gusty wind blowing down the pitch the only negative in otherwise perfect rugby conditions. The game started at high tempo with the referee keen to let both sides get on with running rugby. The players responded to the referee’s positivity in a good way by going for it in a furious series of attacks from each side. First blood came to Berwick after a series of rucks eventually drew a penalty chance which Andrew Skeen converted to earn the 3 points. Hawick though fought back almost immediately. After a few scrums were shared Hawick strung together a few phases to put the pressure onto the Berwick defence. Eventually the space was created and Hawick’s outside centre Neil Anderson popped through the line to score a well worked try. The conversion was missed but the home side had taken the lead at 5-3. Berwick though continued the fast start to retake the lead through second row Euan Thompson. The try came after a great run from full back Rory Hindhaugh had carved the defence open and then quick recycling saw Thompson gather the ball on the 5-metre line to burst over the line to score under the posts. The formality of the conversion from Skeen saw Berwick 5-10 in front.

Berwick continued to keep the tempo high and the fast pace of the game with free-flowing rugby earned them another try shortly afterwards. This time it was Skeen who made the break and then with good awareness of his support he stepped off his right foot to cut inside to free up Gareth Hill to take the pass on his outside to let the veteran wing the sprint up his wing to score. Skeen converted the try with a wonderful kick out wide in windy conditions. The Blacks were deservedly in front 5 – 17. Hawick’s quality earned them a good try of their own as they put the Berwick defence under pressure straight from the restart. Hawick rucked well and drew in the defence moving forward with each phase. Eventually Berwick ran out of defenders to allow the home side to touch down. The conversion from Scott Peffers for Hawick was also a good kick and the game was balanced at 12-17. Berwick responded to conceding a score by striking back within a couple of minutes. They showed some wonderful handling skills to create the space with Hill adding his second try with a determined run and score out wide. Again, Skeen added the points from a difficult position to stretch Berwick’s lead to 12 -24. The pace of the game was breathless with both sides committed to attacking play making it a great game to watch for the spectator. Berwick still had time to add another try before half time and it came from full back Hindhaugh who has been really enjoying his rugby this season with his confidence growing with each game. Again, the pack were making ground through sheer grit and hard work from 1 to 7 each playing for their teammates before releasing the free running back line with Hindhaugh providing the finish. The conversion was added to secure the bonus point before half time with Berwick fully deserving their 12-31 lead.

Hawick Harlequins are proud Champions and they showed their pride straight from the restart. They upped their tempo and the pack showed they weren’t ready to give up yet after a forward drive someone got the ball down to make it 17-31 within a few minutes of the restart. Hawick had their tails up and the momentum was very much with them and they earned a penalty chance after Berwick fell foul of the new tackling laws which full back Peffers duly struck through the middle of the posts to close the gap to 20 – 31. Berwick regrouped though and with a series of injuries and scrums slowing the pace they weathered the storm from Hawick with no further scoring until mid-way through the second half. The game was still anyone’s and it was Berwick who made the pivotal score through full back Hindhaugh. The try was worthy to win any game and started deep in the Berwick half. The forwards made the platform for the backs to take centre stage. Quick hands and an abundance of confidence saw them set off from their own half to allow Hindhaugh the overlap with inches to spare. The speed of movement, support play and angle of running was first class and although the conversion was missed from distance Berwick had stretched the lead to 20 -36. The score deflated the home side and they knew that they had an Everest to climb if they were to get the win. Unfortunately for them they didn’t have a Hillary or Tenzing in their ranks and Berwick’s hard-working team were in no mood to let them have any more chances. The game ended with Berwick taking maximum points with the final score being 20 -36. Unusually the home side finished with no points despite all their efforts – a rare occasion for Hawick at home.

The challenge from last week’s game was for the Blacks to up their performance. The whole squad didn’t just accept that challenge they exceeded expectations. The forwards were awesome with Captain Tom Jackson leading from the front and fully backed up by the whole pack who all put in the hard yards against a very determined Hawick pack. The backline has a settled look about it and the interplay between them was almost telepathic at times with the ball whizzing backwards and forwards with style. This was easily the Berwick sides best performance of the season and their commitment when Hawick were on the front foot in the second half was awesome. There are always things which could be improved upon but with Berwick having a free weekend next week they can enjoy their short break and build again for their next match which sees them play host to North Berwick at Scremerston on October 13th – kick off is 3pm.

Berwick Team
1) Darren Goodfellow 2) Ryan Wilson 3) Tom Jackson - Captain 4) Euan Thompson 5) Scott Owens 6) Mason Emery 7) Alistair Grieve 8) Tommy McColl 9) Adam Hardie 10) Jack Webster 11) Jamie Pick 12) Duncan Hardie 13) Andrew Skeen 14) Gareth Hill 15) Rory Hindhaugh

Replacements
Adam Pearson, Aidan Rosie, Cameron Rogerson and Stuart Gilchrist. – All used.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Key moments

8:00
Penalty Andrew Skeen kicks a penalty for Berwick RFC
13:00
Try Neil Anderson scores for Hawick Harlequins RFC
15:04
Try Euan Thompson scores for Berwick RFC
16:04
Conversion Andrew Skeen kicks a conversion for Berwick RFC
20:04
Try Gaz Hill scores for Berwick RFC
21:04
Conversion Andrew Skeen kicks a conversion for Berwick RFC
24:04
Try Steven Mabon scores for Hawick Harlequins RFC
25:04
Conversion Scott Peffers kicks a conversion for Hawick Harlequins RFC
27:04
Try Gaz Hill scores for Berwick RFC
28:04
Conversion Andrew Skeen kicks a conversion for Berwick RFC
34:04
Try Rory Hindhaugh scores for Berwick RFC
35:04
Conversion Andrew Skeen kicks a conversion for Berwick RFC
42:04
Try Ben Richardson scores for Hawick Harlequins RFC
45:04
Penalty Scott Peffers kicks a penalty for Hawick Harlequins RFC
62:08
Try Rory Hindhaugh scores for Berwick RFC

Highlights

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75:32 Sub On
Stuart Gilchrist is substituted on for Berwick RFC
68:08 Sub Off
Gaz Hill is substituted off for Berwick RFC
68:08 Sub On
Aidan Rosie is substituted on for Berwick RFC
63:08 Missed Conversion
Andrew Skeen misses a conversion for Berwick RFC
62:08 Try 20 - 36
Rory Hindhaugh scores for Berwick RFC
48:08 Sub Off
Euan Thompson is substituted off for Berwick RFC
48:04 Sub On
Adam Pearson is substituted on for Berwick RFC
45:04 Penalty 20 - 31
Scott Peffers kicks a penalty for Hawick Harlequins RFC
43:04 Missed Conversion
Scott Peffers misses a conversion for Hawick Harlequins RFC
42:04 Try 17 - 31
Ben Richardson scores for Hawick Harlequins RFC
40:04 Sub Off
Adam Hardie is substituted off for Berwick RFC
40:00 Sub On
Cameron Rogerson is substituted on for Berwick RFC
End of period 1
39:19 Missed Penalty
Andrew Skeen misses a penalty for Berwick RFC
35:04 Conversion 12 - 31
Andrew Skeen kicks a conversion for Berwick RFC
34:04 Try 12 - 29
Rory Hindhaugh scores for Berwick RFC
28:04 Conversion 12 - 24
Andrew Skeen kicks a conversion for Berwick RFC
27:04 Try 12 - 22
Gaz Hill scores for Berwick RFC
25:04 Conversion 12 - 17
Scott Peffers kicks a conversion for Hawick Harlequins RFC
24:04 Try 10 - 17
Steven Mabon scores for Hawick Harlequins RFC
21:04 Conversion 5 - 17
Andrew Skeen kicks a conversion for Berwick RFC
20:04 Try 5 - 15
Gaz Hill scores for Berwick RFC
16:04 Conversion 5 - 10
Andrew Skeen kicks a conversion for Berwick RFC
15:04 Try 5 - 8
Euan Thompson scores for Berwick RFC
14:00 Missed Conversion
Scott Peffers misses a conversion for Hawick Harlequins RFC
13:00 Try 5 - 3
Neil Anderson scores for Hawick Harlequins RFC
8:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Andrew Skeen kicks a penalty for Berwick RFC
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As it happened

  • Hawick Harlequins RFC
  • Berwick RFC
  • 0
  • Andrew Skeen Penalty 8:00'
  • Neil Anderson Try 13:00'
  • Euan Thompson Try 15:04'
  • Andrew Skeen Conversion 16:04'
  • Gaz Hill Try 20:04'
  • Andrew Skeen Conversion 21:04'
  • Steven Mabon Try 24:04'
  • Scott Peffers Conversion 25:04'
  • Gaz Hill Try 27:04'
  • Andrew Skeen Conversion 28:04'
  • Rory Hindhaugh Try 34:04'
  • Andrew Skeen Conversion 35:04'
  • Cameron Rogerson Sub On 40:00'
  • Adam Hardie Sub Off 40:04'
  • Ben Richardson Try 42:04'
  • Scott Peffers Penalty 45:04'
  • Adam Pearson Sub On 48:04'
  • Euan Thompson Sub Off 48:08'
  • Rory Hindhaugh Try 62:08'
  • Gaz Hill Sub Off 68:08'
  • Aidan Rosie Sub On 68:08'
  • Stuart Gilchrist Sub On 75:32'

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League round up

Other Tennent’s East Region League 1 results

Linlithgow Rugby Club
31
19
7
13
Duns RFC
Ross High RFC
28
14
Portobello FP RFC
Barnton Rugby Club
33
29
Broughton RFC

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Berwick RFC 11 51
2. Barnton Rugby Club 11 45
3. Hawick Harlequins RFC 10 36
4. Duns RFC 11 34
5. Forrester RFC 11 28
6. Broughton RFC 11 27
7. Ross High RFC 11 24

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