Deans in call to switch focus to Premiership

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Hawick must now shift their focus away from the cup final and onto clinching a premiership play-off place, insists coach Roddy Deans.

The Greens have undergone a massive transformation since Deans, Nikki Walker, Gordon Henderson and Scott McLeod took charge at Mansfield Park at the beginning of the
season, and the club are
now genuine title conten
ders as opposed to peren-nial premiership strug-
glers.

Deans savoured the dramatic way the Robbie Dyes claimed victory in Saturday’s BT Cup semi-final against Heriot’s, but he’s now calling for attention to turn to league business.

“It was a remarkable game, the likes of which I don’t think anyone will ever see again,” he said.

“We’ve spoken a number of times about just how remarkable it was and how exactly we managed to win because it looked like either they were going to break through or we would give away a penalty.

“Being in a cup final is brilliant and something everyone at the club and in the town are massively looking forward to but we still have a shot at a possible play-off place so that must take preference now.”

Hawick’s top four chances remain remote with Gala and Currie above them in the table and require both to lose if they are to usurp their rivals, but Deans believes anything can happen and is focusing his players accordingly.

“It is now about Boroughmuir, the Heriot’s game is done with and we need to move on from it,” said Deans.

“We’re not just going to be able to show up and win on Saturday, they’re a tough side so we are going to have to be switched on and
ready.

“Yes, we need a couple of results to go our way but anything can happen in rugby and we need to be ready to take our chance if it
comes.”