McNeil philosophical after defeat to Irish

GALASHIELS, UNITED KINGDOM:  11 March 2011'Rugby'Scotland Club XV will host a tough test against their Irish counterparts, known as The Ulster Bank Club International, at Netherdale, Galashiels''(photo: Rob Gray/Freelance)
GALASHIELS, UNITED KINGDOM: 11 March 2011'Rugby'Scotland Club XV will host a tough test against their Irish counterparts, known as The Ulster Bank Club International, at Netherdale, Galashiels''(photo: Rob Gray/Freelance)

HAWICK skipper Bruce McNeil is taking the positives from last Friday night’s Scotland club match against Ireland, despite the Scots slipping to defeat after taking a 20 points to three lead.

The Mansfield Park powerhouse lined up as prop for the Dalriada Cup match at Netherdale, and talking of the 32 points to 30 loss, McNeil said: “Obviously being 17 points in the lead and not wining is difficult, but it was a really good game and good to play at that level. I was obviously a bit nervous and hadn’t played at prop for a while, but the coaches were quite happy and I enjoyed it.”

He added: “I hope I’ve learnt something that I can bring back to Hawick and teach the boys.”

n MEANWHILE, Hawick PSA pair Stuart Graham and Shaun Muir were in the Borders side who succumbed to Edinburgh’s first-half try blitz in the national under-18 selection fixture at Walkerburn on Sunday. No.8 Graham and prop Muir, the latter as a replacement, flew the flag for Hawick’s semi-juniors in a difficult game which saw the Borderers struggling to contain the capital outfit’s incisive back division. Final score: Borders 13 Edinburgh 40.

n HAWICK’S Louise Dalgliesh, of RHC Cougars, was scrum-half for Scotland against a rampant English side who ran out winners by 89 points to nil at Twickenham on Sunday.