Scottish Cup: Hawick headed for Murrayfield after powering past Currie Chieftains

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Hawick celebrate Fraser Renwick's second try against Currie Chieftains after a 25 metre line-out drive. Image: Malcolm Grant
Hawick celebrate Fraser Renwick's second try against Currie Chieftains after a 25 metre line-out drive. Image: Malcolm Grant

Hawick 16

Currie Chieftains 3

ALAN LORIMER @ Mansfield Park

HAWICK put themselves in the position to achieve back-to-back Cup successes after securing their place in the final of the competition with a characterful win over Currie Chieftains, from a performance that relied heavily on the experience and nous of the Greens’ front five. 

This was the first game for Hawick under their new interim head coach Graham Hogg and fellow mentors, Scott McLeod and Roddy Deans. So was there any change in the Greens’ approach?  Subtle changes certainly and much of that surrounding the mindset of the players.

Hogg admitted: “We spoke a lot about emotional control this weekend and also about rugby IQ – how intelligent we can be, because we’ve not really shown that all season.”


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Certainly Hawick revealed these qualities in the second half and doubly so in the last quarter when they dominated the game by retaining possession for long periods and by snuffing out any attempts by Currie to make an escape from their own half.

The final quarter was played with Kirk Ford at stand-off and there is little doubt that his clever distribution helped considerably in Hawick’s domination of proceedings as full-time approached. That said, Kyle Brunton featured well in the first half in the stand-off role with a couple of long touch finders that proved crucial to Hawick in securing points.

If the game was very much undecided at half-time then Hawick’s second half performance altered that perception. “That second half showed what this group’s all about,” agreed Hawick. “We went in 11 points up at half-time playing with the wind. We knew what we would be up against in the second half but we had a game plan. We asked them to do little details defensively this week and little things in attack.

“In the last quarter, when we got the driving line-out try, you could see the boys really lift. And the confidence they got from that allowed them to play a wee bit wider. There’s a lot of experience and a lot of very good rugby players out there.”

Meanwhile, Currie Chieftains head coach Mark Cairns conceded that his side did not have enough of the ball. “We can’t win the game without possession,” he said. “We put ourselves in a good position in the first half. 11 points wasn’t too bad at half-time playing in that wind. We wanted to use the wind in the second half and kick long, but we never kicked deep.

“They kicked better than us and their line-out went better. That was the telling factor in the end. We were dominant in the scrum at times and we made some big collisions. They’ve got some really good kickers in their backs and they used them particularly in the first half,” Cairns reasoned.

 

 

After some seven minutes of mutual softening-up there was little to separate the two teams. That remained the situation until Brunton made a 50 metre territorial gain with a spiralling kick. From the ensuing line-out, Hawick gained possession and seconds later were awarded a penalty, efficiently converted into a three point gain by the boot of Ford.

Currie tried to respond immediately but inaccuracy in the final pass proved costly. In the event, Hawick hit back with a penalty kick to the corner and then a driving maul that gave Fraser Renwick an unconverted try.

Then, when Currie were ruled offside after Hawick had attacked through trenchant driving play from their forwards, Ford landed his second goal to put the Greens two scores clear.

Just after the restart, Hawick conceded a similar penalty but the goal attempt by Jamie Forbes into the stiff breeze was just wide. At the other end, Ford tried a long range shot at goal but again the kick was just off target leaving Hawick going into the break with an 11-0 advantage.

The second half started almost as a mirror image of the first half … well almost, as Forbes, seeking to emulate Ford, drove wide a kick at goal. But from the ensuing 22 drop-out. Callum Beckett, fresh from his campaign with Caledonia, grabbed Currie’s first points with a drop-goal.

If the three-pointer was a shock to Hawick, then the Greens quickly recovered by putting sustained pressure on Currie. Then after a powerful run out of defence by Ronan McKean, Hawick were awarded a penalty.

Ford opted to  kick to the corner and from the resultant line-out the Hawick forwards set up a driving maul that gained an unstoppable momentum, ending with a second try for Fraser Renwick.

It was the score Hawick needed to put a big gap between them and Currie. There was still time for Currie to hit back but Hawick made sure that scenario was never going to happen by putting on a master class in how to close out a game to seal their place in the final.

 

Teams –

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

Currie Chieftains: C Brett; J McCaig, DJ Innes, J Forbes©, R Daley; C Beckett, P Boyer; T Jeffrey, R Stewart, G Carson, A Bain, C West, R Davies, A Fletcher, S Cardosi. Subs: C Anderson, R Vucago, A McCallum, K Steel, G Christie, C Gray, C Taylor.

Referee: Rob McDowall

 

Scorers –

Hawick: Tries: F Renwick 2; Pens: Ford 2.

Currie Chieftains: DG: Beckett

Scoring Sequence (Hawick first): 3-0; 8-0; 11-0 (h-t) 11-3; 16-3.

 

Man-of-the-Match: In heavy conditions made worse by a strong wind and squally showers that all mitigated against fast and open rugby, this was a test of forward power. In the event Hawick’s front five could collectively claim the award but Dalton Redpath, especially for his contribution in the second half, shades it

Talking point: It was impossible to avoid the fall-out from the turbulence surrounding Hawick’s announcement of the changes to their coaching set-up. In the event, the win over Currie showed that the interim coaching team proved their effectiveness, but as to next season we shall have to await further developments. Lifting the Cup for a second successive season and making it a double by winning the Premiership play-off final would, however,  be an ample endorsement for the trio currently in charge at Mansfield Park.


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Scotland rugby correspondent for The Times for six years and subsequently contributed to Sunday Times, Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Scotsman, Herald, Scotland on Sunday, Sunday Herald and Reuters. Worked in Radio for BBC. Alan is Scottish rugby journalism's leading voice when it comes to youth and schools rugby.

19 Comments

  1. Angry Gala 2 .
    You’re a very unpopular person on these forums for some reason .
    Why ?

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    • Tex i’d argue i’m one of the most popular people on the site – however – perhaps because i voice alternative points of view regarding Scottish Rugby to the common opinion it makes me a target. Particularly on how the grassroots should be run. People don’t like when you challenge the narrative.

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      • Angry Gala 2 .
        You obviously don’t rate Prem 1 rugby
        You said you don’t go to these matches .
        So why comment on it .
        Just to stir ?.
        As I’ve said previously get a life.
        Wonder what you do next year when your beloved S6 Greenyards team is no more .
        Support your local team at Netherdale .you might get a gliff and enjoy it

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      • Colin Hill – it is very easy to question why people comment on things.

        For example – I could question you on a similar thing – if i recall correctly you repeatedly and inappropriately bashed young Isaac Coates, a one of the young Townsends the previous year throughout the u20 6 nations demanding they be dropped.

        To quote yourself ‘get a life’. I don’t go around bashing our young upcoming talents.

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      • Colin, AG2 and popularity are mutually exclusive.
        Just ignore the tediously contrived wind-ups of the pathetic “agent provocateur”.
        Albert

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  2. I shall retract my question.

    After further research, it appears the article i read (by radio borders) was unclear – it simply says Hawick Rugby Coach – turns out the unsavoury person exposing themselves is from Hawick Linden NOT Hawick RFC. This is not mentioned at all in the article

    Sadly this article is the first thing that comes up when you search Hawick RFC – not a good look (even if it has nothing to do with your club). I would be making a complaint if i were at Hawick RFC.

    My sincerest Apologies
    Mr Angry Gala the 2nd.

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    • You must never be off the Hawick website looking to criticize anything .
      See you at Murrayfield .
      How will I recognize you

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      • Will be easy to recognize a Clown .

        But I don’t think he’ll be there at Murrayfield .he wouldn’t have the nerve
        As he doesn’t think Prem1 rugby is of a good enough standard .
        Try telling that to the supporters of Hawick and whoever else makes it to final .

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      • Oh Walter you and your imagination! I challenge you to find any quote by me over my 3 years commenting on this forum which bad mouths Hawick RFC (bar my retracted question on this post).

        As to your ‘how will i recognise you’ – I will not be spending half a day watching amateur rugby clubs i have no strong connection with. However – i am more than happy to meet with you at the Roseburn for a drink after the games, i look forward to a lively debate. Feel free to drag wee mousey along with (If yous actually show up).

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      • Angry Gala 2.
        Will make a point of going to the said Roseburn if it’s feasable
        Keep your hat and your Maroon shirt on so I know it’s you .
        Can’t stay long as have to catch train back to Gala then Bus to Burnfoot .
        Don’t know who Mouse is .but I hope he turns up aswell .
        You’ll likely shytte your breeks

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    • “Sadly this article is the first thing that comes up when you search Hawick RFC ”

      Yet again a statement from this person is totally and utterly untrue. Try it and see.

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      • ‘Joe Smith’ try a different browser.

        You seem to have some weird obsession of commenting under all my posts recently – usually a worthless sarcastic comment. Whats upset you so much?

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  3. Well done Hawick, a deserved win.

    On a separate note: I’ve just read an article claiming that a certain Hawick coach has been suspended by the SRU for not so appropriate behaviour, Any news on whats going on TOL?

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    • Angry Gala2..
      Get a life .
      Your so called story has absolutely nothing to do with Hawick rfc .
      I didn’t think you could sink to lower depths with your comments but you have..
      Constantly stirring things up .mostly about things you know nothing about
      You’ve had your knuckles wrapped on here before with your vitriol with your comments deleted .
      Clearly it hasn’t registered up top
      As I said before get a life .

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      • Indeed Colin. I suspect it will be AG3 before long when AG2 is eventually and rightly removed from this site through his continual trolling.

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  4. A stunningly powerful, cohesive, unified and complete performance today, following upon exactly the same last friday with the Force’s cup win.
    Hopefully the nay sayers will just let it be now.
    Thanks to Matty, and Lewis, for all they did, let us move on.

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