Greens look to bounce back at Netherdale

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HAWICK have precious little time to lick their wounds after last Saturday’s heavy defeat by Melrose as they prepare for a trip to Netherdale.

The Greens haven’t defeated bitter rivals Gala in a competitive fixture for some time now and the derby match is one that both sides always relish.

However, coach Rocky Johnstone, who takes charge of the side in the absence of head coach Phil Leck, who is in Holland, said last week’s result would have no bearing on proceedings.

He told the Hawick News: “We’ll take the positives from the match as, in the first half, we thrashed them. We know we can play rugby and we were masters of our own downfall.

“I’ve watched the video of the game twice and it was our decision making that let us down badly.

“But we had a great session on Wednesday, the boys worked really hard and they’re raring to go.”

Tomorrow’s hosts are currently sitting in second place in the RBS Premiership, after two wins, a defeat and last week’s thrilling 38-38 draw with Glasgow
Hawks . But it is a fixture where the form book often goes out the window, and it’s one that Johnstone is relishing.

He said: “We always love this kind of game. They’re going well and I’ve looked at their team, but it’s always good to play against Gala.

“The boys won’t need any extra motivation for this one and they know that they just have to play a bit wider and take their opportunities when they come.”

The Greens will have Edinburgh professional Rob McAlpine in their squad, but James Johnstone and Michael Fedo are both away on sevens duty.

IT was confirmed this week that promising stand-off Gregor Hunter will miss the rest of the season after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament injury playing for Hawick two weeks ago.

The 21-year-old, who was assigned to the Greens from Edinburgh Rugby under the professional draft system, made a promising start to his tenure at Mansfield Park with a top performance in the defeat against Aberdeen.

But he went down in agony the following week in Hawick’s defeat at Glasgow Hawks and Edinburgh said this week that his recovery is expected to take around nine months following surgery.