TENNENT'S PREM | Five-star Robbins seals Currie victory

Winger Ben Robbins bagged five tries as Currie Chieftains defeated Hawick at Malleny Park in the Tennent’s Premiership this afternoon (Saturday).

Both teams went into this one on the back of losses to Ayr and Boroughmuir respectively in round two of the league - and this round three meeting was a slow burner.

Currie should have been ahead early on but squandered chances, allowing the Greens to take the lead.

It was 7-7 at the break however once the hosts’ outside backs got in sync after half-time there was only going to be one winner.

Scotland Sevens cap Robbins scored one try in the first half and four after the interval.

After the game he said: “It is obviously nice to score five tries, I don’t think I have done that in a game since I was at school, but more pleasing for me was the way in which the team came together after we went behind.

“We had a lot of possession early on but kept making silly mistakes and fair play to Hawick they took their chance when it came.

“To get the try just before half-time was key and then we just built from there and I was lucky enough to get on the end of a few things.

“There was some nice link-up play in the backs and hopefully we can take that forward into the next few games.”

Hawick have now let in 153 points in three reverses this term but this showing was a big improvement on their heavy loss at Boroughmuir seven days previously.

Their Head Coach, George Graham, said: “I am obviously not happy that we got beaten but it was a much better performance than last week.

“We now need to target our next game with Glasgow Hawks at home. It is a big one.”

The match took a while to burst into life, Currie having the majority of the possession in the opening half hour, but the game remained scoreless.

Hawick did take the lead eight minutes before the break, a good forward drive seeing Edinburgh's Italian prop Pietro Ceccarelli being the man credited with the score.

Stand-off Kyle Brunton converted and it was 7-0 to the visitors.

Currie reacted well to going behind and they levelled things up in the 39th minute.

A break from their own half saw full-back Jamie Forbes set-up Robbins for the try. Stand-off Gregor Hunter converted to make it 7-7 at the interval.

A converted try by back-row Thomas Gordon three minutes into the second half made it 14-7.

And in the 54th minute a deadly break by centre Joe Reynolds from his own try line eventually set-up Robbins for his second try of the day.

Hunter converted and it was 21-7.

Currie made sure of the bonus point with 10 minutes to go thanks to another well-worked try from their own half.

Robbins sprinted down the right and, when he was tackled into touch on the stand side on the Hawick 10 metre line, he fed the ball to replacement scrum-half Roan Frostwick.

He was stopped just short of the try line, but Robbins had recovered and was on his shoulder to go in under the posts to complete his hat-trick. Hunter converted and it was 28-7.

Robbins then scored his fourth in the 77th minute before a fifth came to finish things in style.

Tennent's Premiership results

Edinburgh Accies 12-71 Heriot’s - Six tries from Craig Robertson helped the unbeaten visitors left the home of their capital rivals as convincing visitors, remaining as one of three clubs to have three-from-three bonus-point victories.

Glasgow Hawks 21-26 Boroughmuir - This was a close-fought battle throughout, poised for a time at 21-21, but it was Boroughmuir who head home celebrating victory.

Ayr 43-15 Stirling County - Typically imperious at their Millbrae home, the men in pink and black kept pace league leaders with their third bonus-point win from three matches.

Watsonians 7-31 Melrose - Another big win for the Borderers mean they sit on top of the Tennent's Premiership by vitue of a superior points' difference. 

Currie Chieftans 42-7 Hawick - A five star showing from Ben Robbins turned a 7-7 half-time score into a convincing win.