McNeil has Hawks in his sights

Bruce McNeil
Bruce McNeil

Hawick skipper Bruce McNeil says tomorrow’s opponents Glasgow Hawks have one of the best defences in the BT Premiership.

However, he believes an inform Greens outfit have more than enough in the tank to topple them.

He said: “They’re one of the best defences in the division and it’s going to be another massive game for us. But Selkirk gave them problems last weekend and we’re in the midst of a great groove so hopefully we can do the same and get a result.”

Hawick have turned their season around with three consecutive premiership victories that have them firmly back in contention for a play-off berth. And the reversal of fortunes, according to McNeil, was always going to happen if they managed to remain on point and believe in their systems.

He acknowledged Hawick tried to play too much rugby at the start of the season and gave away points in the final quarters of games too cheaply.

McNeil, however, is confident those issues are behind them and has his sights set on the Greens securing their fourth consecutive league win this weekend. He continued: “At the beginning of the season we were playing all the rugby but getting none of the reward. We were losing too many games by not playing badly, just with basic of errors at critical points and not taking our opportunities. Fast forward to now, we’ve won our last three and it’s down to simply learning from our mistakes and adapting.

“We learned how to keep the pressure valve on and really put sides away and establish that winning mentality which is now showing in our results.”

McNeil added: “Ideally we would be a bit higher in the league but we’re still not at the halfway point yet so there’s
a lot more rugby to play. The aim now is to keep our run going for as long as possible, starting with Hawks this weekend.”