Consistency is vital to Hawick’s hopes of a top-four finish in the BT Premiership, emphasised Greens captain Rory Hutton this week.
The ecstatic reaction of the Hawick players at the final whistle against Melrose on Saturday said it all. They had beaten The Greenyards men for the first time in nearly two years, bagging a marquee win over one of their fierce Borders rivals in the process.
Scotland 7s internationalist Hutton admitted it was a relief to finally get one over on Melrose, and he has called on his teammates to build a consistent run of form, beginning tomorrow at home to Stirling, or face another season in the doldrums.
“The win over Melrose wasn’t a great performance by any means, we made errors in every area and gave them far too many opportunities, but it was our collective grit and determination that got us the win,” said Hutton.
“The victory was great and a long time coming against one of our rivals but we can’t allow ourselves to rest on it. We have to use it as motivation and start to build some consistency, otherwise we won’t continue to improve and could face another season out in the cold as others battle for the title.
“There is still a way to go until the end of the season so beating Melrose or Ayr doesn’t mean anything right now.
“We need to make sure we build on these victories before any talk of a top-four place can be taken seriously as we are still not playing to our full potential.
Hutton continued: “Going into this weekend’s game it is about maintaining our confidence levels and about mentally switching on from the opening minute as Stirling are a tough outfit who are enjoying a solid season so far.
“We have a good run of three home games over the next four weeks which will be critical to what we are aiming to achieve this season and all the lads are targeting nothing but a win this weekend.”