Musselburgh 21

Hawick 50

HAWICK opened their account with a convincing win on their first ever trip to Stoneyhill.

The Greens started with a bang as Craig Bachurzewski and Logan Gordon-Wooley both scored inside the opening quarter hour.

Ali Weir's initial conversion had Hawick 12 points to the good.

But Musselburgh showed they are no push-overs.

After winning a penalty try, Danny Owenson scored and converted to take the hosts into the lead.

Indiscipline was proving costly for Hawick with Daniel Suddon and Bruce McNeil both being shown yellow cards.

It was to prove a mere temporary set back, though, as the Mansfield Park team took control once more.

Bachurzewski barged his way over for another try.

And they opened up a gap with both Shawn Muir and Gordon-Wooley adding further scores.

At 29-14 ahead, Hawick should have seen out the second half with relative ease.

But Musselburgh had different ideas, and when Paul Cunningham intercepted inside his own half and ran in for a score, it was the home crowd who were on their feet.

Tom Foley reduced the deficit to eight points with the conversion.

Hawick, to their credit, dominated from there on in with Bailey Donaldson, Stuart Graham and Andrew Mitchell piling on the points with further tries.

Weir added all three conversions for the Greens to reach the half century.

Hawick: A Weir; R McKean, A Mitchell, G Johnstone, L Gordon-Wooley; B Donaldson, G Welsh; S Muir, M Carryer, C Bachurzewski, D Suddon, K McNeil, S Graham, W McNeil, B McNeil. Subs: C Renwick, D Johnstone, S Fairbairn, J Linton, M Bannerman.