ARMSTRONG: Four-in-a row is a great incentive

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HAWICK coach Derek Armstrong is calling on his young side to rewrite the history books tomorrow and claim their sevens title for an unprecedented fourth successive year.

The Greens, who are boosted by the inclusion of professional Alex Dunbar, have dominated the event in recent years and 12 months ago equalled the hat-trick record achieved in 1904.

Now Armstrong is hoping they can go one step further and make it four-in-a-row.

He told the Hawick News: “I don’t think it’s ever been done before and I think last year was the first time it had been won three times in a row in 100 years.

“It’s a big goal to go for. It’s a tough draw but it’s a great incentive for the boys.”

Despite exiting Sevens tournaments at Gala and Melrose in the early stages, Hawick will be riding high on the crest of a wave after signing off their 15-a-side season in style with victory over Glasgow Hawks in their controverisally rearranged league fixture.

The Greens pulled off one of the shocks of the season to beat the Hawks and Armstrong wants that form to continue for the foreseeable future.

He said: “That will give the whole club a lift. With a win like that against one of the top teams, I wish I could bottle that spirit up and keep it. Our defence and attack was great to watch. It should give us a big boost ahead of this weekend.”

Another big boost will be the passionate home support, who have played a huge part in roaring them on to victory over the last three years.

Armstrong admitted it’s time to give them something else to cheer about.

“We’ve got a great crowd and I think when we’re playing at home we’re in our comfort zone,” he said. “We’ve won most of our games this year away from home and I think we’ve shown what we can do against the big teams. Now we need to turn it on for our home support tomorrow.”

While Armstrong will be focused on events at Mansfield, he revealed he will also be sparing a thought for former teammates at Murrayfield as the YM go for glory in the final of the National Shield.

He added: “I hope the YM go and win the final. I played in the last one and I wish them well. That’s where I started my career and I’m still a YM man.”