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Hawick secured their second bonus point win of the season at Myreside, but it was far from pretty. And the league's basement boys made them battle all the way for their victory - although when Edinburgh professional Lewis Niven literally took the fight to their capital opponents, with a firmly landed punch, Dumfries whistler Robert McHenry showed the burly prop a red card.

Rory Hutton missed an early penalty attempt in a quiet start to the match. But the scoreboard burst into action after 10 minutes when Nick MacTaggart and Danny Landels combined to ultimately send Bruce McNeil over for the opening try. Hutton converted, but when his clearance kick was charged down from the restart, the hosts took full advantage and after a couple of quick penalty taps Andrew Porter went over and Mike Ker levelled proceedings. In what was a stop start game so far due to the number of injuries on the Watsonians side, Stuart Hogg almost regained Hawick's lead but the ball fell from his grasp five metres out. The score was merely delayed as Hutton completed a trademark shuffle that saw him cross and add the conversion. Hawick's other professional, Fraser McKenzie, was catching the eye and catching plenty ball in the lineout. The 22-year-old and Craig Charters forming the twin towers in the Greens' back row. And he was the architect of Hawick's third try as he took possession from the line and the ball was quickly shipped wide to winger Craig Robertson. The Gala flyer tore down the line, cut back inside and Stuart Hogg was there to take the offload and score. Hawick's forwards continued to batter away at the Watsonians line as Keith Davies, Mactaggart, Matthew Landels and Niven all tried to find a way through.

But it was at the other end, right on the stroke of half-time that Watsonians almost scored as Garry Johnstone produced a superb try-saving tackle on Alan Nash who was destined for the corner.

It looked as if the floodgates would open after the interval when Stuart Hogg scored his second try of the afternoon and Hutton landed the conversion. But Watsonians weren't for rolling over, and as Hawick sat back, Andrew Skeen raced over. Hutton gave the Greens a further three-point cushion with a penalty, but all the pressure was coming from the home side and they reduced the deficit with a try from Craig Owenson. Another Hutton penalty this time sailed wide minutes later, but the impressive McKenzie secured the bonus point with the try of the match. From inside his own half the big lock galloped all the way to the try line for a well deserved score.

However, the sting in the tail was delivered by Niven's ill-discipline, while Mike Fedo's cynical shoulder charge on Hutton earned him an early finish with a yellow card.

Team:- 15.Gary Johnstone, 14. Craig Robertson, 13. Stuart Hogg, 12. Graham Hogg, 11. Steven Anderson, 10. Rory Hutton, 9. Greg Cottrell, 1. Bruce McNeil (Capt), 2. Matt Landels, 3. Sean Linton, 4. Craig Charters, 5.Fraser McKenzie, 6. Nick McTaggart, 7. Danny Landels, 8. Keith Davies.

Replacements:- 16. Michael Graham, 17. Ross Gibson, 18. Gary Lowrie, 19. Lewis Niven, 20. Hue Scammell.

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