After a frustrating 28-day wait, Hawick are back in action this weekend against Glasgow Hawks at Old Anniesland.
And club captain Bruce McNeil insists his side, who sit fifth in the BT Premiership table, just two points ahead of tomorrow’s opponents, will have no lingering rust after the extended lay-off and are chomping at the bit to get back playing.
The unscheduled break and loss of momentum will not be a factor, according to McNeil, when the Greens take to the field and the seasoned back-row powerhouse is confident his charges will kick-off 2016 as they mean to go on, with a victory.
He said: “It’s been difficult with the long break but it’s not like we haven’t been training or seeing each other, we’ve all still been together so there won’t be any sluggishness heading into Saturday, we’ll be ready to go.
“In 2016 it’s basically black and white what we need to do. If we win all our games we will finish at the very least in second place. It’s as simple as that really.
“We aren’t going to get caught up in all the drama of having to play more games than everyone else or the psychology of missing competitive rugby, we know if all we do is win out, we are in the play-offs. We proved how good we can be through the first 14 games so we haven’t just forgotten how to play during this break. Our motto all season has been win the next game, and that’s what we plan to do in 2016.”
McNeil added: “All the boys are raring to go this weekend. It’s on their pitch so we know it will be a good, hard surface suitable for our running style that will hopefully open them up. The aim is to pick up where we left off and keep building momentum.
“All we care about is getting into the play-offs, I don’t care how it’s done as long as we are in there because if we fall short it would be a massive disappointment.”