The Border Derby
Penultimate match in BT Premiership
Snow gone from last night – now just wind and rain.
Hawick start with the wind at their backs. Gala secure the kick-off and are driven into touch on their 22. Hawick win lineout and maul, then ruck – but Gala turnover lets them clear to near their 10m, then win a penalty and they’re inside the Hawick half. Lineout won, but Gala knock-on and Hawick kick up into the Gala 22. Gala run ball out from their 22 before giving up a penalty. Hawick tap and go then win another penalty – this time put to touch on the Gala 5m. Gala win the lineout though and clear to touch and as touched in air, lineout to Gala. Gala win lineout, but give away penalty at ruck.
7 minutes played – Ali Weir penalty missed 0-0
Drop out 22 taken by Hawick and run back, but penalty Gala. Touch missed, but good pressure pushes Hawick back another 5m then Gala win another penalty 14m into the Hawick half.
9 minutes played – Gregor Hunter penalty missed 0-0
Hawick scramble back into the Gala half and into touch. Gala lineout won and kick ahead, regather and kick ahead again. Hawick hack back and footrace between Hawick winger and Gala props ends with ball bouncing into touch on the Gala 22m. Hawick win lineout and multi-phase on Gala 22m until crossing gives penalty to Gala.
13 minutes played and seldom out of the Gala half so far.
Penalty put to touch on the Gala 10m; Gala win lineout; Gala attack but driven into touch; quick lineout throw from Hawick and Hawick are back on attack.
Referee Linton considers overzealous use of feet in ruck and shows yellow to Bruce Campbell on 25 minutes.
Gala put resultant penalty to touch; win lineout; Gala attack back & forth across pitch; another penalty to Gala; to touch on Hawick 22m; knock-on Gala in lineout letting Hawick clear to touch up near their 10m; Gala lose lineout and Hawick kick ahead to Gala 10m; knock-on Gala, scrum Hawick; Hawick ruck x 2 then penalty Hawick
19 minutes – Ali Weir penalty 3-0
21 minutes Terry Skeet on for Matt Carryer as blood replacement
Gala restart and Hawick work their way back up the Gala 22m and win another penalty; put to touch on Gala 5m; Hawick lose lineout though and Gala hack ahead; Hawick regather still in the Gala 22m, but knock-on; scrum Gala, but penalty goes to Hawick
25 minutes – Ali Weir penalty 6-0
Matt Carryer back on for Terry Skeet (blood reversal)
Gala slowly work their way up to the Hawick 22m and win penalty at ruck on the Hawick 22m
29 minutes– Gregor Hunter penalty 6-3
Hawick back into Gala 22m from restart, and win lineout; maul then spin ball out; ball ripped though and kicked ahead in-field. Penalty to Hawick plus 10m for chat
32 minutes – Ali Weir penalty 9-3
Messy from restart – probably due to cold and wet….
Scrum Gala mid their half; scrum won and attack to half-way; few phases between the two 10m lines, before penalty to Gala; to touch inside the Hawick half; Gala win lineout and attack; eventually into touch mid Hawick half on opposite side; Hawick win lineout, but knock-on midfield; scrum Gala; penalty Gala for high tackle; put to touch mid Hawick half; Gala win lineout; Gala maul; Gala scrum; eight phases then penalty won under posts
42 minutes– Gregor Hunter penalty 9-6
Second Half starts with supporters wondering if this wind is worth 3 or more points, with Gala now having the wind advantage?
Gala kick-off and Hawick up to half way and into touch; Gala win lineout; couple of phases then Gala kick up and into touch near the Hawick 22m; Hawick lineout messy but won and cleared to touch; lineout lost and Gala attack; Hawick turnover; Gala turnover; Hawick turnover; still in Hawick half after 5 minutes
46 minutes – Gary Adams on for Chris Weir as blood replacement
Gala win penalty at ruck for holding on; put to touch on Gala 22m; Bruce McNeil has a bit too much chat with referee Linton and is shown yellow; Gala clear penalty to touch on Hawick 5m; Gala win lineout and maul then ruck then penalty to Hawick letting them clear their lines to touch on the Hawick 22m; lineout not straight
50minutes – Chris Weir returns; Fraser Hunter and Paul Hendry on; Scott Chapman, Harry Borthwick and Ross Combe subbed
Scrum Gala, but knock-on in midfield gives scrum to Hawick on their 22m; free-kick Hawick at scrum; knock-on Hawick, scrum Gala; penalty Gala and tap and go; high tackle by Hawick flanker
56 mins – yellow card to Stuart Graham
56 minutes – Lewis Berg on for Gregor Hunter
Gala penalty put to touch; lineout won, but then Hawick win turnover, kick ahead and regather though still inside the Hawick half.
Gala knock-on on their 10m; scrum Hawick
59 minutes – Terry Skeet on for Dean Brooker
Turnover to Gala and ball cleared into the Hawick 22m; Hawick kick back into the Gala half for lineout
Penalty Hawick to touch on Gala 22m; Hawick win lineout, then win scrum; many pahses in Gala 22m until forced into touch; Gala win lineout and clear to touch outside the Gala 22m; Hawick win lineout and move to and fro before knock-on gives scrum to Gala
69 minutes played
Gala ball, but interception Hawick and up into Gala 22m; turnover Gala; turnover Hawick and break through for try Kyle Brunton
74 minutes – Lee Armstrong conversion 16-6
Gala back up into the Hawick 22m; but turnover ball ; then Gala turnover ball; but penalty to Hawick; Gala turnover ball at resultant Hawick lineout and break up to Hawick 22m but knock-on; scrum Hawick; Gala turnover; lots of Gala pressure but nil reward
Full Time 16-6
Likely outcome of this result is Gala relegated to National 1; Hawick probably into play-off to remain in Premiership.
Gala (1 to 20)
Chris Keen, Matt Carryer, Dean Brooker, Sean Johnstone, Rob Louw, Chris Weir, Scott Chapman, Harry Borthwick, George Lott, Gregor Hunter, Dwayne Burrows, Gregor Mein, Sasa Tofilau, Ross Combe, Graham Speirs ©, Terry Skeet, Fraser Hunter, Gary Adams, Lewis Berg, Paul Hendry
Hawick (1 to 20)
Shaun Muir, Callum Mackintosh, Bruce McNeil ©, David Lowrie, Keith McNeil, Stuart Graham, Ross Gibson, Andrew Horne, Bruce Campbell, Ali Weir, Wesley Hamilton, Grant Huggan, Rory Hutton, Kirk Ford, Lee Armstrong, Garry Douglas, Matt Landels, Shaun Fairbairn, Keith Davies, Kyle Brunton
Referee: Lloyd Linton
ARs: Michael Todd, Digby Thomas
Attendance – not recorded
Penalty: Gregor Hunter (2)
Penalty: Ali Weir (3)
Try: Kyle Brunton
Conversion: Lee Armstrong
Hawick: Bruce Campbell, Bruce McNeil, Stuart Graham