Scottish Cup: polished performance sees holders Hawick safely through against Dundee

Stuart Graham named man-of-the-match as reigning Cup holders progress to the last four

Calum Renwick carries for Hawick carries the ball against Dundee. Image: Malcolm Grant
Calum Renwick carries for Hawick carries the ball against Dundee. Image: Malcolm Grant

Dundee 0

Hawick 36

 

HOLDERS Hawick put in a professional performance to inflict a solid defeat on Dundee Rugby at Mayfield in the Scottish Cup quarter-final. The Premiership finalists travelled with as strong a squad as possible, taking no chances and showing their National One opponents respect, with the team from the City of Discovery having been in pretty good form in recent months to stay up in their league.

Both sides were playing for the first time for a fortnight, Dundee having won that day 57-22 versus Biggar to finish off their National One campaign and Hawick having beaten Kelso 25-9. They had a bye and a walkover respectively in the first round of the Cup and it was Hawick who took control here in the first half with four tries.

Those scores came from tight-head Ross Graham, scrum-half Gareth Welsh, Graham again and back-row Calum Renwick with full-back Kirk Ford converting one.


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With Dundee’s resistance worn down a bit it might have been expected that Hawick would streak away in the second period, but it was not quite like that, although they still secured a comfortable triumph.

Try number five was a seven-point penalty try – Dundee’s Jonathan Hicks yellow-carded at the same time to rub salt into their wounds – and then centre Andrew Mitchell finished things off with try number six converted by Ford.

Hawick back-row Stuart Graham was named man-of-the-match for a typically industrious showing.

Victorious head coach Matty Douglas said:  “Credit has to go to Dundee, I think they played the occasion well.

“When you are playing a side you don’t know too much about it is always tough, but we selected a strong squad because we wanted to keep momentum up after the Premiership play-off semi-final.

“We were playing into a strong wind in the first half and probably scuppered a few chances, but credit to our boys because they scored four tries in that period and, in general, it was a good performance overall and we are pleased have got the win and to be into the next round of the competition.

“It was a typical Cup game, the conditions were quite tricky and Dundee put us under pressure. We probably left a few tries out there, but to nil them in defence and keep them out was pleasing.

“We also used all seven subs with guys stepping up well and it keeps competition for places high with important matches still to come.”

Douglas is head coach of The South and they will be in Inter-District Championship action over the coming weeks. A number of his club players will be involved in that too, while Hawick have a Border League game with Melrose pencilled in for the end of the month before a big few weeks of Cup and Premiership action in late April and early May.

Dundee’s XV-a-side season is now over after this loss and their head coach Alan Brown said:  “The boys can be proud of their efforts in this one against a very good Hawick team.

“We knew we were big underdogs, but I thought in the first half especially we showed good physicality and those levels never really dropped.

“Hawick’s speed onto the ball when taking it into contact was a different level than what we are used to and that helped them to create chances and, ultimately, took the game away from us.

“The guys gave it everything for 80 minutes, so credit to them.

“In general this season, we had a tough time up to Christmas with results and injuries, but since then we have played some good stuff and shown what we are all about.”

 

Teams –

Dundee Rugby: F McKay; A Denver, C Nicol, S Kirk©, C O’Hagan; T Armstrong, G Harley; S Doig, K Wootton, E MacDonald, C Fraser, M Raitt, L Graham, F Overend, B Bekker. Subs: T Smith, T Hall, J Hicks, O Snodgrass, C Elliott.

Hawick: K Ford; C Welsh, A Mitchell, L Armstrong, R McKean; K Brunton, G Welsh; S Muir©, F Renwick, R Graham, D Redpath, C Sutherland, S Graham, C Renwick, J Linton. Subs: R Anderson, N Little, S Frizzel, H Donaldson, D Lightfoot, M Tait, R Purvis.

 

Scorers –

Hawick: Tries: R Graham 2, Welsh, C Renwick, penalty try, Mitchell; Cons: Ford 2.

Scoring sequence (Dundee Rugby first): 0-5; 0-10; 0-15; 0-17; 0-22 (h-t) 0-27; 0-29; 0-34; 0-36.

 

Yellow card –

Dundee Rugby: Hicks.

 

Man-of-the-Match: The indomitable Stuart Graham has had a very consistent season for Hawick and this was another strong performance from the back-rower who has played over 200 games for the Borders club’s 1st XV. With his younger brother Ross scoring two tries it was a good day out for the family.

Talking point: Can anyone stop Hawick? They won the Premiership and the Scottish Cup last season and, if anything, their squad depth looks even stronger this time around. After the Inter-District Championship they will be out to go back-to-back in both competition in April and early May. With the likes of Marr (Cup) and Currie Chieftains (both competitions) in their way there are some great games still to come – it is just a pity the club season is so disjointed.


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2 Comments

  1. Well done Gary for braving the bitter conditions and being one of about 30 spectators at the ground.
    Thanks to Dundee for their hospitality, though quite why their childish centre cum flanker had to try to create a fight by throwing mud into the face of Stuart Graham at scrum time, is beyond me.
    Had the dundee backs concentrated on trying to play more rugby and less trying to niggle throughout then it would have been a closer game. The hosts 8 is a very good player, their scrum performed much better for most of the 2nd half too.
    Thanks murrayfield for the cup quarters coinciding with super saturday, hence the crowd size, but club rugby has never been the priority in EH12, though we enjoyed the trip to the banks of the Tay.

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