New Hawick RFC signing Wiaan Griebnow could be the player who transforms the Greens from BT Premiership pretenders into contenders.
The 22-year-old centre has signed for the Robbie Dyes until February after spending last season with National League 2 side Aberdeenshire by way of Western Cape, South Africa. And he brings with him some rock-solid attacking and defensive qualities.
Griebnow told the Hawick News: “After leaving Aberdeenshire I basically got in contact with the club, sent videos and they obviously liked what they saw as they signed me until February.
“The dream is to become a professional player and Hawick, with all of their rich history of producing Scotland internationals and British and Irish Lions, was a perfect fit.”
Griebnow looks custom-made for a Hawick offence that spreads the ball across the field, probing defensive lines until they find a fault before pouncing. He has the physicality to become a voracious attacking machine – two tries in his first two games providing an illustration of this – while he will add defensive solidity to a Hawick team that shipped the most points  in the BT Premiership in 2014/15.
He continued: “Hawick play expansive rugby, they don’t stick it under the jumper and rumble up field which, for someone like me who likes to get the ball and attack as often as possible, it’s perfect.”
Tomorrow’s Stirling clash will be Griebnow’s second home game and he is fully focused on kick-starting the Greens’ campaign. “Losing our opening two games was not ideal, especially given the targets we have set for 2015.
“This squad is packed full of talent and our losses really came through our own mistakes rather than being outplayed. It’s nothing some fine tuning can’t fix and against Stirling all we are thinking about is winning and getting our play-off push back on track.”