Greens title contenders, say McNeil and Hutton

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Hawick continued their push towards the play-off places after securing a second consecutive Premiership victory with their 26-12 win over Gala, and Bruce McNeil believes the team are fighting their way into the title race, writes Alexander McLeman.

Tries from Scott McLeod, Nick MacTaggart and a brace from Nikki Walker secured back-to-back league victories for the first time in nearly two years for the Robbie Dyes, and leaves them trailing the play-off spots by a single point.

“I would say a lot of people didn’t expect that result but to us it wasn’t a surprise,” McNeil revealed to the Hawick News this week following the Netherdale performance.

“From where we were a few months ago it just shows how good this team is and how hard we have been working. I believe we are genuine title contenders and it would be a huge disappointment if we didn’t make the top four.”

Rory Hutton, the Hawick captain, supported McNeil’s view that the Greens could win a 13th league title and their first since 2001.

“It was another great performance from the boys and ending that bad run we had against them (Gala) is brilliant and gets us into the mix for the top four,” Hutton said.

“The aim since day one was always to get into the play-offs and I think after a difficult start to the season we are getting closer to that goal.

“We have beaten two top teams back-to-back and it would be massively disappointing if we didn’t now kick on and make the play-offs and challenge for the title.”

There will be a preview next week of Hawick’s Border League game at Jed-Forest on Boxing Day.