Cup chance for fringe players to put hands up for selection

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HAWICK coach Phil Leck is challenging his fringe players to stake a claim in the starting side for the rest of the season.

The Greens travel to face Melrose today in the RBS Cup and although Leck has no intention of a repeat performance of last season, when a whole raft of changes cost them the victory against Peebles, he is keen to look at all the talent available.

While stressing the cup is still a priority for the Mansfield Park outfit, he said: “There are people who will play in these games and go onwards and upwards, like Stuart Graham did last year.

“At this moment in time we’re playing some lads in the YM alongside young lads. I’ve got to know when they’re playing alongside more experienced players, if they’re capable of doing what I want them to do.

“We’ll probably learn our lesson from last year and not put in as many at the same time, but I stand by that team selection against Peebles.”

While five or six players remain out on the treatment table, Leck is delighted to be able to call on his captain Greg Cottrell, who came off the bench in last week’s draw against Glasgow Hawks.

He said: “Jake (Evens) has done a fantastic job for us and he’s going to stay on for a while.

“The RBS Cup is a good opportunity to give Cod (Cottrell) some game time and it’ll be interesting to see how he gets on as he continues to recover from injury.

“It’s good to have a bit of competition.”