MILLBRAE is never an easy place to go for any rugby club, no matter where they are in the Premiership table.
If the three-hour journey doesn’t tire the hardiest of souls, then the big Ayr pack are likely to knock the stuffing out of them.
For Hawick’s stand-in skipper Keith Davies, having experience of muscling his way through many a maul himself, it’s more a question of momentum however.
“We had a good win last week and were really pleased not to give away any points,” he said.
“We have to keep that going now and get ourselves back to winning ways.
“Yes Ayr is a difficult place to play but if we keep our defence tight and have the right mindset then we are quite capable of winning there.”
Despite having the use of pro players Nikki Walker and Rob McAlpine available again this week, coach Phil Leck has had his share of selection headaches, with several first-team members still out injured, but Davies believes that the team can use this to their advantage.
He added: “We will have one or two players that have never been to Millbrae to play a Premiership game against Ayr and that could work in our favour as they will be going in a bit naive and will have to just depend on our game plan and their own performances to get them through it.”
n Elsewhere, former Greens centre John Houston has been named in Stephen Gemmell’s squad for Scotland’s first outing in the IRB World 7s series in Australia on October 12.
The 30-year-old joined Scotland 7s full-time prior to the 2013 Emirate Airline Glasgow 7s and brought with him a wealth of experience both in 15-a-side and seven-a-side rugby. He has already won 13 caps with the national 7s team and scored 12 tries.
Joining Houston in the 2013/14 squad will be fellow Borderers Gregor Young (formerly Jed-Forest), who will receive his first cap, and ex-Melrose man Mark Robertson.