Denton in line to bash Ayr’s title aspirations

HAWICK have been boosted ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Ayr by the news that Edinburgh professional David Denton will be in their ranks.

Assistant coach Rocky Johnstone confirmed that the big 21-year-old back row forward would be part of the Greens squad.

Denton, who previously played for Hawick at Currie earlier in the season, has been on Scotland Sevens duty and only returned on Wednesday.

Johnstone told the Hawick News: “David will make a big difference in terms of his bulk and size, so it’s great news that we’ll have him for the match against Ayr.

“He’s only just back from playing sevens but he wants to play. That’s great news for us and it’s excellent that he’s kicking keen to pull on the green jersey.”

Ayr are coming off the back of an impressive win over Llandovery and face Doncaster next week in a winner-takes-all match to decide who progresses into the latter stages of the British and Irish Cup.

But Johnstone said they had nothing to fear after successive victories over Langholm and Morgan Academy in their last two outings.

He said: “If we’d kicked our kicks against them earlier in the season that would have helped. We’ve just got to go out there and give them a fright.

“We need to bring them down a peg or two, get in their faces and spoil their fun. That’s what we did against Melrose for 60 per cent of the game and, if we can get a bit better possession, you never know.”