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Hawks 2s win at Balerno

2 weeks ago By Hugh Barrow

Bonus wins for 2nds

Hawks 2nd XV visited Balerno to face the Currie Chieftans. The Chieftans were sitting at the bottom end of the table and Hawks were looking to secure back to back wins for the first time this season.

From the kick off both teams looked to win the territory battle however a loose kick from Hawks was gathered by the Chieftans full back who picked out a forward and made a line break before beating the Hawks full back to go in for a score after 2 minutes. The conversion made the score 7-0.

This gave Hawks a wake up call and they kicked into action. After sustained pressure in the opposition 22 Ross Thomson took a quick pack and went through the forwards and eventually the ball was fed out to Callum Harrison who managed to barrel over from close range. Brims missed the difficult conversion. 7-5.

A few moments later Hawks retrieved the ball and ran from deep with Callum Harrison making a line break. Fraser Hastie was first on the scene and quick ruck ball allowed Ross Thomson to feed Robbie Houliston who made a seething line break. He linked well with second row Andrew Linton who returned the ball to Houliston who managed to sneak over. Brims converted to make the score 12-5.

Hawks were struggling to manufacture a clean exit due to the small narrow pitch and eventually had a lineout in their own 22. It was botched and this allowed the easiest of scores for the Chieftans back row. 14-12.

From were awarded a scrum just outside the Chieftans 22 and a set play off the back of the scrum allowed Erland Oag to maintain his prolific try scoring form and coast underneath the posts. 19-14.

Mark New was next to go close and his offload to Houliston almost resutled in a try. After a number of pick and go's and one up runners Oag got the ball in his hands and managed to break a tackle to go over under the posts. 26-14.

After half time Hawks had a lineout and the back punched up the middle of the park. Some hard carries from the Hawks forwards seen the ball moved blind with good hands from Duke and Halafihi to Paul Cairncross into open space. He was tackled short of the line however Fraser Hastie picked up the ball to go over for the score in the corner. Brims managed the difficult conversion to make it 33-14.

The Chieftans tried to establish territory to put the Hawks team under pressure. James Couer fielded the kick and moved the ball in field with a pass heading for Jacob Siems however Oag ran in front and snatched the ball from his grasp only to evade 3 Currie defenders and go in for his hat-trick and take the score to 40-14.

Currie showed they still had fight in them when a break from the scrum half after a dominant scrum allowed him to offload to a supporting player to go over and bring the score to 40-21 in favour of the Hawks.

This galvanised the Hawks men and they regained possession of the ball and started to put the Chieftans under pressure. They ball was moved wide to Hawks skipper Henderson and the prop showed a turn of pace to scamper down the touchline before offloading to that man Oag who darted over for his 4th and final try of the day. 47-21.

Hawks looked to have scored again when Fraser Hastie's rampaging run seen him link well with fellow back rower Kenny Beattie who rounded the full back to go over. However he was adjudged to have been held up. This was not to deter the Beattie, who was making his return to Hawks colours after a season with Watsonians, and he managed to sneak his way over from a pick and go after numerous phases from the resulting scrum. 54-21 with another fantastic conversion from Brims.

The final score of the day was seen a piece of individual brilliance from James Couper with a one handed catch from a cross field kick from Brims.

The win seen Hawks move up to 3rd in the table and will play Watsonians next week who are one play above them. A win would see Hawks move up to second place and put pressure on Melrose Storm for that top place. A special mention has to go to Omar Maghrabi who made his debut for Hawks senior team after being sidelined through injury for over a year and Calum Duke who made his first start and was outstanding throughout. However it would be impossible not to give the MOTM to Erland Oag after he was unlucky to miss out last week and put in another sterling performance scoring 4 tries.

Updated 23:17 - 10 Oct 2017 by Hugh Barrow

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