Hawick are aiming to record a seventh consecutive home sevens title today in the third stage of the gruelling King of the Sevens, but head coach Phil Leck admits this weekend will be the most difficult yet.
The Greens – who face Jedforest in the opening round – are unbeaten in more than 20 games at Mansfield Park, in the shortened version of the game, and come into the tournament with a semi-final and quarter-final finish at Gala and Melrose respectively.
Leck, however, told the Hawick News, on the eve of the tournament: “This weekend will be the hardest yet for the boys. Obviously we are going out there to win like we always do, but sevens is a short game and can change in a matter of seconds. You can score two tries in a minute and it turns the game on its head, so today we know we have to be at the top of our game if we are to stand any chance of winning.
“We have a small squad, but we are hopeful Bruce[McNeil] and Rory [Scott] will both be back fit with us this week to train and be available for selection.
Leck added: “The one thing we have lacked in recent games is a real match winner, a flyer who can turn on the gas when we really need it, but we will work hard and hopefully come out on the right side.”
The Robbie Dyes have never won the King of the Sevens series, but currently sit second, seven points behind Melrose. A win this weekend would not only clinch a seventh consecutive Hawick Sevens title, but would close the gap on this year’s early pacesetters.
“They [Melrose] are clearly the ones to beat again this year.
“It is difficult, but not impossible, and I am positive we can make a real push for the King of the Sevens title if everything from preparation to match performances go to plan.”