Quins aiming to seize Murrayfield incentive

RiKki Kiore
RiKki Kiore

HAWICK Harlequins are just two games away from Murrayfield.

The Baker Street side travel to Gala YM tomorrow in the final of the East Regional Bowl competition, knowing victory at Netherdale would set them up for a semi-final against the best of the rest from Scotland.

And after defeating title challengers Dalkeith last week, coach Rikki Kiore believes they are reaching top form at just the right time.

He told the Hawick News: “We’ve been starting to hit our straps in the last couple of weeks and we’ve had a couple of good bonus-point wins.

“We’re just a couple of games away from Murrayfield and that’s a huge incentive for the boys. That’s what we’ve been building up to the last few weeks and it was great to get the win over Dalkeith at the weekend.

“That’s the best we’ve played all season and it sets us up nicely for tomorrow.”

The Quins took on Gala YM on the opening day of the season at Wilton Lodge Park and ran out 21-8 winners.

And while Kiore’s men have gone on to third place in the East Division Two table, their Gala counterparts have somewhat struggled and are currently third bottom.

But the Quins coach is still expecting another tough game.

He said: “We won by a few points just when we played them earlier in the season so I’m expecting another tight contest, but if we can front up I’m sure we can get another positive result.

“We’re definitely not over confident, but there is a confidence running through the squad at the moment and hopefully that will remain tomorrow.”

Should they win, the Quins would go into the semi-final draw alongside the regional winners from Edinburgh, West and Caledonia.