Hawick Harlequins and Hawick Linden lock horns tomorrow (Saturday) with both sides aiming to pull away from the bottom of the league table.
The two protagonists have their usual issues going into the crunch East League Division 1 derby, with player numbers and injuries the main concerns for both, but as the game approaches, each club has spoken about using the clash as a springboard to put their sluggish starts behind them.
Hawick Harlequins head coach Gary Robson said he is looking for a lift after an underwhelming start that has left the Baker Street men siting bottom of the table, and admitted his charges will need to be wary of a strong Linden side.
He told the Hawick News this week: “It’s always difficult against the Linden as everyone seems to raise their game in this fixture, but we’re confident that we can earn a result and get our season back on track.”
“They are a strong team with some good lads and our boys will have to keep their wits about them if we are to get one over on them.”
Robson continued: “It’s not been an ideal start to the season but I believe a win this weekend will help kick-start our rival.”
Hawick Linden president John Tait has emphasised that it is a case of being “alert and aware” for 80 minutes and he believes his team will draw on the emotion of the fixture to reignite their faltering season.
Tait said: “We’re all pretty confident the lads will use the emotion and significance of the match to get us across the line.
“I think the game will be won and lost up front with the lads having to be alert and aware for the full 80 minutes to guarantee we get the victory.
“This derby is huge and we know a win on Saturday can propel us up the league and restart our season, while putting some distance between us and the Quins.”