We can get the win at Currie, says McNeil

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Hawick RFC’s Bruce McNeil has highlighted the positivity at Mansfield Park as the Greens prepare to lock horns with Currie in this afternoon’s Premiership opener at Malleny Park, writes Alexander McLeman.

And McNeil hopes the feelgood factor and renewed confidence emanating from the club will help avoid a repeat of the poor start to last season.

McNeil told the Hawick News: “Currie showed last year that they have quality after winning a load of games towards the end of the year but we are all confident that if we make the right decisions we should come away with the win.

“We have had a very positive pre-season, working hard together to make sure we are well prepared and I think the training levels have given everyone a lift. [New coach] Nikki [Walker] and the coaches have done a good job in getting us ready and it is up to us to go out and do what is needed.”

McNeil continued: “It is always important to start with a win as it builds confidence and momentum.

“And if we can manage to bank two or three wins to kick the season off then it takes a lot of pressure off and means we won’t be forced into making silly mistakes that could cost us at the end of the season.”