The Colts last played Hawick four years ago when Dumfries travelled to Hawick with an S1/2 development team. We were well and truly beaten on that occasion. However, with some of that team still in the Saints set up it was an ideal opportunity to compete against the Border side who are currently lying second in their Border league.
This time the stakes were higher. Having reached a national final, the young Colts lads were set on becoming first squad to bring the trophy back to Park Farm for the first time in 4 years.
Play started off badly for Saints when after 6 minutes – even with the sun and breeze in their backs – a fast Hawick break took the ball going along their backs for a score in the corner. This proved to be the only time Hawick got near the Dumfries try line. Fantastic defence and a bit of luck favoured the young Saints.
Saints then got their game plan of pick-and-drive going. Eventually Hawick ran out of defenders for Chesney Scott to barge over in the corner. James Clyde added a penalty soon after to put Saints 8pts to 5 ahead. That’s how it remained until half time.
Hawick – now playing with the elements – should have fancied their chances in the second half. However, with fantastic driving play from Scott Goodwin, captain Cammy Taylor, Ryan Cruickshank, Lee Scott and replacement Chris White (on for the injured Owen Young) and solid defence there was now only going to be one winner.
A fantastic captain’s decision to put the ball into the corner after Hawick were reduced to 14 for repeated infringements led to a lineout on the Hawick line. Kyle Lindsay produced a great take to drop the ball into the safe hands of Scott Goodwin who dived over for Saints second try. James Clyde added an incredible kick from the touch line.
The game was won and the payback complete. Hawick were overpowered in the forwards and out tackled in the backs. Great result for a Saints squad that had eleven 16-year olds.
Nick Rennie, SRU organiser commented ” That is one of the best packs display we have seen at this level, congratulations”
Delighted Saints coach Rab McHenry commented ” After Hawick scored, the boys settled down and stuck to their game plan. There were a lot of fantastic performances in front of a lot of SRU members. Maybe now they’ll acknowledge we have talent in the South-West. A brilliant performance”
Ryan Cruickshank was voted man of the match and Cammy Taylor collected the Silver Bowl with all the players receiving a medal for their efforts.