Bruce McNeil says that Hawick must continue to improve following their victory over Ayr, or risk being labelled as a “flash-in-the- pan” team.
Hawick recorded their first league win of 2014 over Ayr in impressive style last weekend, and they host rivals and BT Premiership leaders Gala at Mansfield Park tomorrow.
The Greens have struggled in recent years against their maroon neighbours, losing their past 10 meetings, with vice-captain McNeil suggesting tomorrow’s fixture will be no easy task, but he remains confident the current Hawick squad can end this “embarrassing” run against their closest rivals.
Speaking ahead of the game, McNeil said: “It was a great win against Ayr but we have to remain focused on our jobs and keep improving as there is still a long season to go and we don’t want our victory over Ayr to be just a flash-in-the-pan type of performance.
“There is still pressure to improve every week and this weekend’s opponents are no easy task, a team who we have struggled to beat in recent years.
“It is embarrassing that we haven’t managed to beat one of our closest rivals in so long but if we can keep pushing and playing like we have then I think there is no reason why we can’t end this terrible run against them this weekend.”
McNeil continued: “Gala are a good outfit, they will be well drilled and hard to beat, and deserve our respect but equally we have a very talented squad here.
“We will have to be at our best if we want to earn that elusive win and all the lads know that.”