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Contrasting fortunes for Borders clubs

This Saturday sees one of Border rugby’s most storied rivalries take-place between Hawick and Melrose, but in what was once a contest that decided national titles is now a stark reminder of the have and have not’s of Scottish club rugby.

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Hawick skipper Bruce McNeil saw his side improve against Ayr last week and believes they can turn over Melrose

GREENS LOOKING TO CAUSE UPSET

Hawick hope low expectations and complacency help propel them to a shock BT Premiership victory over border rivals and table topping Melrose at the Greenyards on Saturday.

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Boroughmuirs stand-off Greg Cannie touches down for a try he then converted.  Photograph: Graham Stuart/SNS

Hawick hammered as agony just continues

Boroughmuir 60 
Hawick 18

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George Graham has taken over from Darren Cunningham

It’s last throw of the dice by gambling Greens

I know what you are thinking, I’m thinking it as well, it’s not nice to think about and I know you don’t want to say it, so I will – Hawick need a miracle to survive relegation this season.

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Darren Cunningham

Cunningham stands down as Hawick head coach

Darren Cunningham announced tonight (Sunday) that he is stepping down as Hawick head coach after watching his side suffer their seventh consecutive defeat on Saturday against relegation rivals Boroughmuir.

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Hawick lost out to Watsonians last time out and face a crunch clash with Boroughmuir this weekend

GREENS SEE LIGHT THROUGH CLOUDS

The dark clouds of relegation loom large over Hawick, but an away trip against fellow BT Premiership strugglers Boroughmuir on Saturday can go along way in clearing so much-needed relief, according to Greens assistant George Graham.

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Hawick's Gary Johnstone with the ball.

It’s a familiar story for struggling Hawick

Hawick 23 
Watsonians 41

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Rugby legend Doddie Weir.

Yetholm farm sale raises almost £5,000 for Borders rugby legend Doddie Weir

Almost £5,000 has been raised for Borders rugby legend Doddie Weir’s motor neurone disease support appeal by a farm sale held at the weekend.

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Ex-Hawick player Rory Hutton could be making a return to Mansfield Park in Watsonians colours this weekend (picture by Ian Rutherford).

Greens require quick pick-me-up

Darren Cunningham admitted his Hawick side are lying face-down on the canvas after a fifth consecutive defeat, but is convinced they can pick-themselves up with a victory against Watsonians on Saturday at Mansfield Park.

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Graham looks like safe pair of hands to help out the Greens

Graham looks like safe pair of hands to help out the Greens

If a 23-19 defeat at home to a relegation favourite isn’t a wake-up call, I am not sure what is.

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Hawick lost to Marr last Saturday but showed signs that this weekends trip to face Heriots can be fruitful one

NO NEED TO HIT THE PANIC BUTTON YET

Still no league win for Hawick, but head coach Darren Cunningham insists belief is flowing through his squad ahead of Saturday’s trip to Heriot’s.

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George Graham

Greens go for Graham to halt slide

Hawick have moved quickly to address their poor start to the season by bringing in George Graham to work along with coaches Darren Cunningham and Craig Hamilton.

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Skipper Bruce McNeil will hope the side can improve quickly

There’s no case for the defence in Greens’ start

Do Hawick need to go back to the drawing board after just two games of the 2017/18 BT Premiership season?

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Hawick head coach Darren Cunningham hopes his men can see off Marr this weekend

HOME VICTORY CAN KICK-START SEASON

Hawick head coach Darren Cunningham is still dreaming of titles despite his side suffering a pair of ugly defeats to start the BT Premiership season.

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The old Border Reivers jersey

A pro team for Borders poses many questions

The South are positioning themselves to potentially rise again and it could lead to a semi-professional rugby team possibly returning to the Borders.

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The Greens will be without Darcy Graham, who was injured against Currie last weekend

Hawick have to stand up and beat County...

Hawick assistant coach Craig Hamilton is looking for an immediate response to his side’s disappointing season opener with a next-level performance against Stirling County on Saturday.

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Captain Bruce McNeil bursts through but he was to end the day disappointed after defeat

Greens go down in opener but show spirit in the second half

Hawick 28 
Currie Chieftains 39

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Lisa Thomson (left) and Chloe Rollie are Scotlands newest female professional players

Thomson goes full-time with dream move to French rugby

Hawick’s Lisa Thomson has been signed by top female French club Lille Metropole Rugby Club Villeneuvois (LMRCV).

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Hawick Harlequins' shed in Wilton Lodge Park.

Vandals destroy rugby club’s shed in Hawick park

An amateur Hawick rugby club are counting the cost after vandals carried out a mindless attack.

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Stuart Hogg will miss the remainder of the Lions tour. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

Hogg’s fears over losing sight

Stuart Hogg was warned that he risked losing his sight if he took a further blow on the eye socket injury which has ruled him out of the remainder of the British and Irish Lions series in New Zealand.

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