Proud coach says Albion ‘will come back fighting’

Hawick Albion captain Grant Huggan leads out his team at Murrayfield
Hawick Albion captain Grant Huggan leads out his team at Murrayfield
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Hawick Albion under-16 coach Alastair Chapman admitted he and his players found it difficult to hide their disappointment after losing 37-12 to Currie in the cup final, writes Scott Thomson.

However, Chapman was immensely proud of his side for getting so far in the competition. “I think we definitely didn’t play to our potential, and the boys are a bit dejected,” he said. “The experience of them getting here has been brilliant for them.

“The boys are disappointed, though, and feel they could have played better. But, they will come back fighting and not let it get to them.”

Albion had beaten Glasgow Hawks, Portobello and Melrose en route to the final, but couldn’t replicate those performances last night (Tuesday).

Chapman insisted that his side lose and win as a team.

“I wouldn’t criticise any of them,” he said. “I have tried to instil a belief that if one of them makes a mistake they all make a mistake. Rugby is a team sport and we lose and win as a team.”

Full match report and another photograph in Friday’s paper.