Edinburgh Accies 37

Hawick 7

Atholl Innes

at Raeburn Place

HAWICK’S revival came off the rails at Raeburn Place on Saturday and left coach George Graham fuming.

“That was absolutely woeful,” he said after one of the worst results of the season and certainly the worst performance.

Hawick were 14 down after six minutes, including the loss of a penalty try, and when the Greens clawed back a try after the interval, the French referee Pierre Baptist awarded a second penalty try to add to Hawick’s woes.

The misery was added in that it was Accies’ first win of the season.

“That’s not what I am coaching, it is not about what I am about,” said Graham.

"But that’s the basket case that is Hawick.

"We do that, but we are also capable of beating teams at the top of the league.”

Whether there is relegation or not this season remains to be seen – and surely it is time that the clubs were told – but Hawick did themselves no favour with a display that was hard to understand.

“We cannot come here and expect to beat the bottom side in the league,” added Graham.

“Accies had more desire and passion than us,” a point agreed by their coach Derek O’Riordan.

Hawick were chasing the game after those six minutes. Cameron Gray completed a flowing movement with a try under the posts and Vincent Hart converted.

Before Hawick could ‘get back on the bus’, the referee blew for a penalty try after Robbie Kent was high-tackled and at 14-0 the Greens were on the back foot.

Accies increased their lead with a Hart penalty before Harry Paterson scored his side’s third try to make it 22-0 at the interval.

Hawick had to score next if they wanted to save the situation and they did when Andrew Mitchell crossed the line and Lee Armstrong converted.

But normal service was soon resumed with their second penalty try and Hart added a second penalty.

It was now a question of how many and Rona Seydak’s try near the final whistle completed a totally dismal day for the visitors to add to yellow cards for Gareth Welsh and Gary Lowrie.

Hawick: A. Weir; K. Ford, A. Mitchell, G. Walker, L. Ferguson; L. Armstrong, G. Welsh; S. Muir, M. Carryer, N. Little, D. Suddon, D. Redpath, D. Lowrie, S. Graham, B. McNeil. Replacements: C. Renwick, D. Johnston, G. Lowrie, J.Linton, K. Davies.