Boroughmuir's day in the sun at Murrayfield last April seemed a long way off as Muir took on Hawick in a replay of the cup final.
Thankfully the snow had stopped just before kick off but the pitch was covered in slushy snow whic made playing conditions difficult for both teams.
Not surprisingly the game was littered with handling errors by both sides thanks to frozen hands and it is a credit to both teams that they managed to provide us with an entertaining and exciting match.
The players left the pitch looking as if they had taken part in a "tough mudder" competition rather than a game of rugby.
Muir started brightly forcing Hawick to concede an early penalty after only 3 minutes which Chris Laidlaw put over for a 3-0 lead. Hawick however responded strongly and had a stranglehold on possession for the next 20 minutes during which their winger Craig Russell went over for an unconverted try and full back Neil Renwick added a penalty to give Hawick a 3-10 lead.
Boroughmuir dug in and started to put some phases together and put pressure on Hawick who conceded a penalty which Laidlaw again converted to make it 6-10. Just on half time the Muir backs managed to produce a great handling move to give winger Jordan Edmunds the ball and in a typical rampaging run he went through three defenders to score an unconverted try in the corner and give Muir an 11-10 half time lead.
Hawick came out for the second half an immediately putting pressure on the Muir line. Renwick missed an early penalty attempt but shortly after Craig Russell went over for his second try which Renwick converted to give Hawick an 11-17 lead.
With snow staring to fall again Muir took advantage with another Laidlaw penalty reducing the Hawick lead to 14-17.
However Hawick responded with another brace of Renwick penalties to kill off Boroughmuir’s grip on the cup and record a deserved 14-23 victory.
We wish them good luck in next round against Melrose.
In my guise as stadium announcer can I give my apologies to Chris Laidlaw I suffered brain freeze and his last penalty I credited to his brother Clark but it could have been worse I could have credited to Gordon Laidlaw!!
Next week we have our final home game of the season with the rearranged league match against Glasgow Hawks.
Thankfully Stirling's defeat by Heriots means that we no longer have to worry about the relegation play off spot and can go out enjoy ourselves.
Match Report: Craig Dawson
To see more photos by Dave Patterson from the game, click here.