West desperate for win to stop them sliding any further down the table

Milngavie. West of Scotland vs Hawick at Burnbrae.
Milngavie. West of Scotland vs Hawick at Burnbrae.

West 12

Hawick YM 20

West lost more ground in their bid to challenge for the league top spot following another disappointing defeat which has put them in fourth place.

Hawick YM are the second club in Hawick, and their red kit meant West turned out in unfamiliar navy.

The hosts started better, when after an initial period with many mistakes from both sides, West broke out of defence. Blair Smith beat two defenders and made a good pass to Mark Sim who scored in the corner unconverted to put West 5-0 in front.

The Burnbrae side then increased their lead when they won a penalty, kicked to touch and set up a rolling maul from the lineout. Richie Tran took the ball on the base and found his way over the Hawick line with a classic scrum half sneak. Blair Smith confidently chipped over the conversion to put West 12-0 in the lead. West were looking by far the better side at this stage and nearly increased their lead when a very good interchange of passes between Ross McAuley and Blair Smith nearly broke through but the final pass failed to go to hand.

Hawick had other ideas, however and scored in the corner with their first real attack of the game. This was converted and they added another penalty to bring the half time score to 12-10.

The visitors handling had improved considerably over the early stages of the game and it was West’s turn to be penned back in their own half. They went in the lead when their prop managed to ground the ball over the line after a spell of pressure. The conversion was missed but Hawick now led 12-15.

West’s misery was increased when late in the game Hawick scored another try from their hooker who squeezed over the line from a tap penalty. Try as they might they could not get back into the game and the visitors ran out winners, having played some fluent rugby in the second half.

West team Stuart MacDonald, Iain Henderson, Andy Love, Graeme Carmichael, Tom Grey, Fraser Smeaton, Angus Thomson, Andy Richie, Richie Tran, Ross McAulay, Ross Carnegie, Jamie McAulay (c), Blair Smith, Fintan Cuthbertson, Mark Sim. Replacements: Neil Fullerton, Andy Kennedy, Darren Allan, Scott Hunter.