‘There’s still work to be done,’ says McNeil

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Hawick vice-captain Bruce McNeil savoured what he described as a “greatly improved performance” in the Greens’ 21-20 win over defending BT Premiership champions Melrose, writes Alexander McLeman.

Although happy with the victory, McNeil admitted Saturday’s triumph is only “half the job” and warned that the team cannot slip to another two consecutive defeats as they did following their last win at Ayr if they are to be in with a realistic shout of being there or thereabouts come the business end of the season.

He said: “It was a great win over a big rival but it is only half the job. We managed to get back to the level of performance which we have been missing over the past few weeks and made amends for the big loss at Glasgow Hawks last weekend but there is still work to be done.

“Everyone was very happy with the result but we need to now watch the tape and get back onto the training pitch and work on what nearly cost us again at the end.

“This win is huge and a greatly improved performance but the win proves nothing, we have to build on this result and string more wins together to gain some consistency.”

McNeil continued: “We have proved we have the armoury to beat the top sides but it’s the mental attitude that makes the difference. I think after the Ayr win we rode that wave for too long, taking it into the Gala and Hawks games, which cost us.

“We’ve got to make sure that this win does not follow us, and that we just take each game as it comes.”