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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Colts beaten by leaders

Hawick Wanderers 37Tynedale Colts 8

LADY Luck was not on Tynedale Colts’ side as league leaders Hawick Wanderers took all of the spoils after a 37-8 victory.

After a rousing start which saw Tyne playing all the rugby, an opportunist try from Hawick saw it all go downhill for the travellers.

On the attack, the ball was spilled in contact in the Hawick 22 for their fullback to hoof upfield. A cruel bounce took the ball out of reach of the defence, and into the grateful arms of the left wing, who burst through and outran the cover.

Tyne continued to dominate possession but another dropped ball was scooped up by Hawick and poor tackling allowed the winger another easy run in.

A penalty was all Tyne had to show in the rest of the first half which saw the faster wide backs of Hawick run in two more tries wide out, one seeing their number eight breeze through a shell shocked defence caught flat footed by a quick tap penalty.

With Hawick leading 27-3 at half time, Tyne deployed a change in tactics and they reverted to the quick ball, generated by their industrious forwards who had Hawick camped in their own half for long periods.

However, an interception in their 22 sent the fleetfooted Hawick 12 fully 70 metres to dot down under the posts for an easy conversion.

Tyne continued to press and were rewarded with a 10-man pushover try, with the conversion hitting the upright.

Hawick had the last say with another great tackle freeing up the ball for their 13 to race home.

The scoreline did not reflect the effort of the Tyne lads.

But credit should also go to the Hawick back three who were excellent on the day.

Colts have a weekend off being welcoming Jed Thistle to Corbridge a week tomorrow.