Hawick still aims for top two in rugby’s Tennent’s Premiership as play-offs draw near

Jed-Forest’s Craig Cowan being tackled by Hawick scrum half Gareth Welsh (Photo: Bill McBurnie)

The Greens’ 34-10 win at Jed-Forest on Saturday puts them fourth on 52 points from 15 games, one point behind Edinburgh Academical in third after the capital’s 24-9 home win against Selkirk at the weekend .

Hawick’s try-scorers at Jedburgh’s Riverside Park were Andrew Mitchell twice, Ruaridh MacLeod and stand-in captain Shawn Muir, and regular skipper Matt Carryer who was injured. Kirk Ford added four conversions and two penalties.

The hosts’ attempts, both unconverted, were scored by Gregor Young and Paulo Ferreira.

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Jed-Forest winger Mason Cullen on Hawick charges (Photo: Bill McBurnie)

Saturday’s defeats put Jed sixth in the 10 team standings with 26 points from 14 games and Selkirk second bottom with 22 points from 15 games.

Muir said he was pleased with the improvement Hawick showed in coming back from the start of 2022 with a 31-10 loss at Glasgow Hawks, telling Borders Rugby TV: “We’ve had four good sessions since the Hawks game had. The guys have really responded, and I was relieved to have that bonus point in a really tough spot against a stuffy Jed side, so I’d take that any day of the week.

“Losing Matty was of course a blow this week but hopefully it’s only for a few weeks but then you have someone like Ross Graham stepping in. The depth is there now.

“We have a lot of young guys in that team and it only bodes well for the future. Things are looking good.

Hawick scrum half Gareth Welsh in action against Jed-Forest at Riverside Park (Photo: Bill McBurnie)

“Our start has shaped us. Our defense was hit. Against Hawks two weeks ago, it was non-existent. We were passive, soft, but the guys responded and that brought us to the forefront.

“We never felt in danger, but Jed, with the backs they have, they are always there or close.”

Jed coach David Grieve, who stepped in after head coach Scott Tomlinson’s departure the weekend before, was also pleased with his side’s efforts, saying: “We were disappointed with the margin of the result, but there were phases in that game when we played really well.

“We looked menacing and it gives us a lot going forward, a lot of positives, but I thought Hawick was a lot more clinical than us.

Andrew Mitchell of Hawick tackling Ben McNeill of Jed-Forest (Photo: Bill McBurnie)

“They never cut us open much. They had four or five chances and took them, and that was the biggest difference.”

Looking ahead to Hawick’s remaining regular season games ahead of the play-offs, at home to seventh-seeded Musselburgh next Saturday at 3pm and Aberdeen Grammar in the basement on Saturday, February 12, followed by a trip to Troon to play second . Marr posted on Saturday, Feb. 19, Muir added: “We’re just focusing on ourselves, game by game.

‘Next week it’s Musselburgh. We will prepare for that and do not look too far ahead.

“We just have to do our own job and hopefully we can get to that semi-final at home.”

A trip to the Currie Chieftains of table tops is on the agenda for Jed this weekend, kicking off at 2:30pm.

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