Hawick must get title challenge on track

Hawick skipper Bruce McNeil.
Hawick skipper Bruce McNeil.

Hawick RFC’s season is dangling by a thread according to the club skipper Bruce McNeil.

The captain has labelled Saturdays visit to Currie a must-win if the Robbie Dyes are to remain in the final four hunt.

And McNeil admits after his side put in a shocking performance away to Glasgow Hawks a fortnight ago - dropping them back to sixth in the table, five points off the play-off places - the pressure is on them to get their title challenge back on track.

A win on Saturday and Hawick propel themselves back into the final four conversation. Draw or lose and they’re league season is over.

“The biggest game of the season, it’s a cup final game for sure,” said McNeil.

“This is one of the biggest games Hawick has had in a long while, in the league. Lose, the top four will be gone. Saturday is all or bust for us not least because they sit above us in fourth.

“The bottom line is it’s a must win, there’s no two ways about it. The pressure is on us to perform now.”

Conditions at Malleny Park are expected to be challenging as further snowfall, frost and rain are scheduled overnight and into the weekend. McNeil insists the adverse weather isn’t playing on his side’s mind but did admit it the conditions favour their opponents and that it will take a monumental effort to get the result they desperately need.

“We know what type of game it will be, the weather that’s been and what’s expected isn’t going to make running rugby easy,” said McNeil.

“It’s going to be a tough, forward dominated game. That’s they style they like and for us to win everything has to be on our terms.

“It going to take a big effort from everyone. We can’t give up possession cheaply like we did against Hawks and we cannot allow them to plough over us at will.

“We know what is expected of us and what is needed, we don’t want to make any excuses and aren’t looking to use the conditions as one either. We just want to win.”