‘It’s about laying down a marker’ says bullish Leck

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HAWICK coach Phil Leck admitted this week he is “excited” as he prepares his side for arguably the biggest run of games in the club’s recent history.

Stewart’s-Melville are the visitors to Mansfield Park tomorrow as the Greens kick off the first of seven matches in Premier B, desperately hoping to retain their place at Scottish rugby’s top table.

And after overseeing victories against Peebles, Jed-Forest and Haddington, Leck told the Hawick News he’s seen enough to justify the air of confidence around the club.

He said: “I’m hoping the players are as excited as I am. Given the beating up they’ve had at the beginning of the season and then some English bloke coming in saying he’s going to change the world, I couldn’t have expected them to react as quickly as they have.We’re definitely not the most talented team in the league but we won’t go down without a fight because one thing they’ve all got, so to speak, is balls.”

Hawick failed to win a single game prior to the league’s split, which plunged them into the current relegation dogfight.

But Leck has been impressed with the team since his arrival in November, with almost 100 per cent attendance at training as well as extra sessions during the week.

And he is hoping the fruits of their labour will give the Hawick support plenty to cheer about – starting tomorrow afternoon.

He added: “We’ve got to win our home games if nothing else. It’s about laying down a marker.

“I’ve watched tapes and tapes and tapes of everybody and there’s nobody out there we should fear playing the way we’re playing at the moment.

“The players are working really hard and I’ve got to congratulate them on their efforts. We won’t be going down without trying. We’ve just got to keep up the work ethic we’ve had over the last five or six weeks since I’ve been here.

“They’ve just got better and better with every session.

“We’re on a big learning curve and Saturday is important to show whether we’ve learned to play enough and whether we are able to compete at a higher level.”