Hawick vs Boroughmuir , Sat, 18/04/2015 - 17:45

17 - 55
Full time
Saturday, 18 April, 2015 - 17:45 |

As the sun set on BT Murrayfield, Hawick and Boroughmuir took to the hallowed international pitch to battle it out for the BT Cup.

The capital side controlled the game from the offset, scoring eight tries on their way to a 55-17 defeat of their Border opposition, to see them lift the BT Cup for the first time in a decade.

Boroughmuir were by far the dominant team in the first half – setting the high tempo and commanding possession – running in five tries and holding a 36-10 lead at the break.

They continued where they had left off for the second 40 minute stint, crossing the whitewash a further three times to break the half-century mark.

Boroughmuir head coach, Bruce Aitchison, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have got the win, and with the way the boys played today.

“The players worked tirelessly, for the full 80 minutes, and at no point came out of their shape, which helped us to release our threatening boys in attack.

“Looking ahead, we want to build on this success and retain our core group of players, as well as maintaining that high standard, and style of play.”

 Run of play

It took only two minutes for the Meggetland men to cross the whitewash, when man-of-the-match, scrum-half Johnny Adams sniped from the base of a five metre scrum to touch down by the posts.

Stand-off Carl Bezuidenhout added the extras to give Boroughmuir a seven point lead in the opening minutes (0-3).

The next twenty minutes produced some exciting end-to-end action yet only two penalties were scored, each side grabbing one a piece through Bezuidenhout and Lee Armstrong respectively (3-10).

Boroughmuir further strengthened their grip on the game with two tries in quick succession.

In the 21st minute, number eight Magnus Bradbury used his power to his advantage, shrugging off a couple of defenders, to stride in for the score from 30 metres, before Grant McConnell followed suit just two minutes later off the back of a Sep Visser break.

Magnus Bradbury

Bezuidenhout added the extras to the first of the scores. (3-22)

The onslaught continued with Scotland under-20 man, Bradbury, winning the footrace and latching on to a Bezuidenhout kick to grab his second try of the game. Another successful conversion from Boroughmuir’s stand-off gave them a 26 point cushion after 29 minutes (3-29).

The Border outfit retaliated with stand-off Rory Hutton exhibiting some individual brilliance to sidle through the opposition defence and create the space for Scott McLeod to exploit and score. Armstong popped the ball over from directly in front of the uprights (10-29).

Boroughmuir closed the half with their fifth score of the game, when prop Simon Berghan battled over for the try following a period of sustained pressure on the opposition line – Bezuidenhout again adding the extras.

Half time: Hawick 10 v 36 Boroughmuir

The initial quarter of an hour in the second-half was a fairly demure affair, with neither side posing any particular threat to their opposition’s line.

Boroughmuir soon picked up where they had left off in the opening period, and continued with their unrelenting scoring assault on Hawick.

Substitute Mike Entwhistle was the next man to appear on the scoresheet, feeding off the work of Bradbury and Bezuidenhout, to slide over – the latter again following up with the conversion.

Hawick salvaged a score back in the 70th minute through substitute hooker Lindsey Gibson, who powered over from close range.

Armstrong’s conversion closed the gap, yet the score still lay significantly in Boroughmuir’s favour at 17-43.

The capital side were inexorable in their finish, closing the game as they had started,  continually building on their points tally.

Back-row Iain Moody made his impact on the game as he crossed the line before centre Sep Visser, impressive throughout, tracked wing Jordan Edmunds down the touchline before receiving  the inside pass to score the last try of the game, and take Boroughmuir past the half century mark.

Chris Laidlaw’s impressive touchline conversion extended the capital side’s lead to 55-17, as the final whistle blew.

Full-time: Hawick 17 v 55 Boroughmuir

Team lineups



15 Lee Armstrong
14 Darcy Graham
13 Nikki Walker
12 John Coutts
10 Rory Hutton
9 Greg Cottrell


15 Craig Marshall
14 Grant McConnell
13 Sep Visser
12 David Reekie
11 Jordan Edmunds
10 Carl Bezuidenhout
9 Johnny Adams


1 Shawn Muir
2 Ross Graham
3 Matt Landels
4 Michael Robertson
5 Mike McKee
6 Nick McTaggart
7 Rory Scott
8 Bruce McNeil


1 Robbie Wilson
2 Cal Davies
3 Simon Berghan
4 Trent Sutton
5 Adam Best
6 Iain Moody
7 Andrew Rose
8 Magnus Bradbury


16 Lindsey Gibson
17 William Blacklock
18 Nick McLennan
19 Ross Gibson
20 Keith Davies
21 Sean Goodfellow
22 Matthew Douglas


16 Sam Bingham
17 Johnny Latta
18 Mike Entwhistle
19 Sam Johnson
20 Chris Laidlaw
21 Craig Keddie
22 Ross Bradford
There is no points table for this competition.

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