Boroughmuir win the Scottish Cup
April 22, 2000
Boroughmuir have secured the Scottish Cup with a 35-10 victory over the Glasgow Hawks.
For the third season running the BT Cellnet Scottish Cup was won by a second division team.
To rub salt into first division Hawks' wounds, it was second division champions Boroughmuir who took home the silverware and the £15,000 prize money, two years after Hawks, as second division champs, had begun the trend.
Boroughmuir stand-off Calvin Howarth has picked up rave reviews this season.
At Murrayfield, he played a low key game and it was his centres, Lindsey Graham and man-of-the-match Graeme Kiddie that shone.
Hawks had the first spell of pressure but made nothing of it. Muir went upfield through a series of kicks and drew first blood. Centre Graham drew defenders and floated a pass to winger Rory Couper who raced over.
Muir drew strength from this and, looking poised, began to control the game. They went further ahead in 18 minutes. Stand-off Howarth was impeded after chipping ahead. From the Hawks' 22 he stroked the penalty home.
Hawks dug deep and took play to the Muir line. Tremendous forward pressure in the corner finally resulted in the award of a penalty try by international referee Iain Ramage. Campbell Aitken kicked the conversion.
This settled Hawks who began to vary their game. A typical chip through from scrum half Cammy Little was dealt with. Forward rumbles resulted in a brace of penalty awards. Aitken missed the first, but kicked the second to put Hawks into a 10-8 lead.
However they could not hold it for the six minutes to half time. Muir's backs again saw the ball and Graham was brought down in the Hawks' 22. Not only did Howarth put his side into a half time lead of 11-10, but Hawks' Gerry Hawkes was sent to the sin-bin.
Before he was back Hawks had lost centre Chris Simmers also to the sin bin for a high tackle on Tom Lightoller. By then Muir had gone 14-10 ahead thanks to a Howarth penalty.
Although Howarth missed the penalty for the high tackle, a minute later, after a wonderful break by Kiddie was halted on the Hawks line, lock Graeme McCallum scored with Howarth converting.
No sooner was Simmers back on the field than Hawks prop Gavin Walsh had been dismissed with the third yellow card of the afternoon, following a deliberate trip on Derek Stark.
Hawks had their share of possession but were ponderous behind the scrum and Boroughmuir ran in two excellent tries in the final minutes.
Lock Alastair Davidson broke through for the first and Couper completed a brace after good work by Graham. Howarth converted both.