YM coach praises his players as club wins two awards

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JAMMY McFarlane says he owes being named Scotland’s top rugby coach to his players and backroom staff after Hawick YM claimed a brace of awards at a national awards ceremony.

McFarlane was named coach of the year after leading YM to a second consecutive promotion and the Shield semi-final, while Rory Scott picked up the National One player of the year trophy at a Murrayfield reception.

The YM head coach said the “honesty and trust” between him and his players and staff was the major factor behind his personal accolade.

“It’s a team game and part of what we promote is togetherness,” explained McFarlane. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t flattered and honoured, but people always get something when the collective does well. I quite enjoyed the evening, but I don’t want to get carried away.

“What’s the secret? The honesty of my players, and I think that honesty and trust back and forward between the coaching people and the players is massively important at any club.

“[Assistant] Davie Grant is every bit as important and influential as me, as are the rest of the backroom team.”

McFarlane added that he was pleased that the club’s profile would be raised as a result of their awards success.

He said: “I do it for the players to prosper, so I hope this reflects on the club. We try to build an environment that allows players to come in and move onto bigger and better things. The fact we’re climbing the leagues helps, too.”

And Rory Scott said his player award capped a satisfying season.

“Being nominated for the award was a great honour as there were a lot of good players playing in National Division One this season,” said Scott. “It is with great pride that I’ve won and on a personal level I have been really happy with the season as a whole.

“To just get a full season under my belt after so many injury problems was the most important thing, but as the season progressed I felt that the team and I began to perform very well. We have had a great team spirit throughout the squad which has reflected in some of our performances this season.”