Greens looking to bounce back

Nikki Walker (Edinburgh Rugby) and Scott MacLeod (Newcastle Falcons) at Mansfield Park.
Nikki Walker (Edinburgh Rugby) and Scott MacLeod (Newcastle Falcons) at Mansfield Park.

Nikki Walker has demanded Hawick respond to their disappointing 34-16 defeat to Stirling County by beating Edinburgh Accies on Saturday.

The Greens find themselves eighth in the BT Premiership table after their fifth loss of the season, and Walker hopes the emotion felt after Saturday’s defeat will be enough to inspire his squad ahead of the reunion with former head coach Phil Leck.

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Walker said: “This weekend is hugely important to our season as another defeat could end our challenge for a top-four place and leave us fighting those below us. The incentives are there for the boys, not least playing against Phil Leck, but also to make up for the very bad result against County.”

Hawick’s lack of any measured attack and woeful defending were particular areas of concern for Walker as his team were outplayed by Stirling, who scored within three minutes of kick-off, and the head coach is looking for a dramatic improvement this weekend against Accies.

“We didn’t defend well, tackling was poor, we let them walk straight through us and offered little in attack, which is unacceptable,” he said.

“They scored very early and we never really caught them, which is disappointing given we were targeting back-to-back wins.

“Accies present another tough fixture even if they have been struggling this season.

“They very nearly beat Hawks on Saturday and have been unlucky in a few matches, so we know we have to dramatically improve if we are going to come away with anything from the game.”