Marr 17

Hawick 29

David Morrison at Fullarton Park

HAWICK'S intentions of remaining in the BT Premiership were clear on Saturday as they raced into a 24 point lead.

Despite the lengthy journey to reach Troon, the Greens were quick off the mark.

After an encouraging opening Bruce McNeill crashed over for the opening try on 10 minutes.

It was little more than George Graham's team had deserved.

And just five minutes later they went further in front as Gary Munro finished off a well-worked move.

Ally Weir's conversion made it 12-0.

Hawick continued to set the pace with powerful yards being made.

On 19 minutes the workrate was rewarded with Lee Armstrong breaking the line to spin a pass out to Greg Cottrell to allow Guy Graham to barge over near the corner.

Hawick almost earned the try bonus point on 35 minutes but the ball was ruled to have been knocked on in the build up.

The Greens continued to press and the fourth try arrived just after the interval with Armstrong making another break to touch down under the posts.

Weir took the score to 24-0.

Marr responded just four minutes later through Mackenzie Pierce in the corner.

But any thoughts of a comeback were quickly dashed as Armstrong went over for a fifth try.

Marr rallied in the closing ten minutes with Scott Bickerstaff racing over the line.

Bizarrely the conversion was charged down, leaving the scores at 29-10.

Angus Johnstone managed to go over for another home try in the final minutes, converted by Steele, but it was little more thana consolation.