Berwick rugby win the Border Shield with win over Hawick

Hawick Quins 26-34 Berwick RFC

Tuesday, 19th February 2019, 10:05 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th February 2019, 10:06 am

Berwick Rugby Club 1st XV lifted the Border Shield by beating Hawick Harlequins in the final at Hawick.

The Scremerston side, who are unbeaten in the league and currently top the table, are hoping it is the first of a league and cup double for the season.

An early converted try saw Hawick take a 7-0 lead, but Berwick hit back and levelled with a score from Ryan Wilson and a conversion from Andrew Skeen.

Skeen then kicked a penalty and added a try, which he converted himself, as the Blacks moved 7-17 in front.

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Hawick then had a player sin-binned before Tom Jackson went over, converted by Skeen to give them a 7-22 lead at the break.

Jack Dalrymple added a fourth try for Berwick early in the second half, but Hawick scored a try, converted, which brought them back to 14-27.

Play then became scrappy, but Dalrymple added his second try of the afternoon, converted by Skeen and Berwick found themselves 14-34 in front.

Gareth Hill was then sin-binned for Berwick and Hawick Kept the game alive with a try, converted for 21-34.

Another try tightened it up at 26-34, but Berwick were able to see the game out to the final whistle, securing their first silverware of the year.

The victory was achieved in front of a partisan home crowd and the Blacks had to put their bodies on the line.

The win takes the club into the semi-final of the National Shield where they will face one of the other regional winners - Royal High, Greenock wanderers or Strathmore.

* Also on Saturday, Berwick Colts won 31-29 away to Musselburgh Colts, the Scremerston side winning with the very last play of the game.

And the U15/16s also enjoyed a big 68-5 away win over their Musselburgh counterparts. Alexander Fuller-Sharpcott, Rory Lathangie, Dougie Moscrop, Hugh Tyser and Calum all scored two tries with one each for Jamie Lynn and Christian Leiper. Moscrop kicked four conversions