THE road to Murrayfield begins for Hawick YM and Hawick Harlequins this afternoon as they take on Duns and Walkerburn in the Shield and Bowl respectively.
And for Redskins coach Jammy McFarlane the memories of their final heartache back in April, when they lost out to Lasswade, have been forced to the very back of his mind.
He told the Hawick News: “Last season has been and gone. We’ve set new goals for this season and we’re not trying to achieve what we did last year.
“Part of that is to get through the qualifying stage in the Borders and get to the semi-final, but there’s a long way to go.”
First the Mansfield Haugh men must negotiate their way past a tricky tie against high-flying Duns, who are currently second in East Division One.
That would set up a mouth-watering derby against Hawick Linden, but McFarlane is looking no further than today. He added: “We want to get to Murrayfield but it won’t be easy and I don’t think we could have got a tougher draw.
“That was the one I didn’t want.”
Meanwhile, Quins coach Rikki Kiore said he’s looking forward to a run in the Bowl, although he admitted he’s one eye on next week’s league match against Dunbar.
He said: “We’ve had a few hiccups recently and we want to get back into a winning mentality. Saturday was a good result and we want to build on that.
“Obviously we want to win and have a run in the Bowl, but our focus is on Dunbar in the league. We’ve got a good squad and if we put our minds to it I think we can do really well.”