Border raid by West produces fine victory

BT National three league

West continued their winning ways with a spirited performance against a team who were no push over.

The visitors sustained an attack from the kick-off. Unfortunately a clearance kick was charged down and caught West unprepared, giving the home team an early try which was converted with two minutes played. This early onslaught continued and a stolen line out on the West 22 nearly saw them add another try, only kept out by a good West defence.

As the game continued West got down to business, and worked their way up the park finally gaining a penalty in front of the posts, and easy conversion for Blair Smith.

Continuing to press the home side in their own half West were rewarded when an excellent pop pass from stand off Ritchie Tran to Jamie McAulay gave Jamie a run through a gap in the Hawick defence to score under the posts. With a simple conversion for Blair, West took the lead.

Ritchie continued to push the home side back with kicks. One of these was missed by the Hawick full back and Marc Sim pounced to add another try for West. The conversion was missed.

Hawick then had a series of pressing attacks, but were not able to breach the West defence. A take and drive from a line-out 15m out gave West a drive over try with Angus Thomson claiming the touch down. A fine conversion by Blair from wide out took the half time score to Hawick YM 7 – West 22.

The second half was more even because West had the elements against them. It was late in the half before the deadlock was broken with fresh legs coming on. Ross McAulay came on at stand-off with Ritchie Tran moving to scrum half. Iain Henderson came on as replacement prop. A break through the centre by Ross saw Iain Henderson charging through a gap to score under the posts. Blair converted to extend West’s lead to 29-7.

With West down to 14 men as a result of a sending off and the scrums becoming uncontested Hawick took advantage in the dying minutes from a series of penalties by West to score. With the try converted the game was in the bag for West.

West play Royal High Costorphine at Burnbrae on Saturday. Kick-off is 3pm.