GUTTED Hawick coach Derek Armstrong has admitted Saturday’s hosts were there for the taking.
But at the end of it all he was left to rue missed opportunities as the Greens left Goldenacre without even a losing bonus point.
Speaking after surrendering a slender second-half lead at Heriot’s, Armstrong said: “We could have and should have won the game, that’s for sure.
“I’m a bit disappointed because we had a great build-up and we went up there full of confidence, but we just went out and made basic errors.
“We got back in front (12-11) in the second half and then we threw it away.
“Our execution wasn’t very good and the things we worked on in training we did wrong.
“In the second half we had most of the possession, but we let Heriot’s in and they scored a lucky try.
“I’m gutted we didn’t even get a bonus point from the game.
Hawick were further disadvantaged with injuries to key players Danny Landels, Kieron Willison and Rory Sutherland, forcing them into a reshuffle that saw hooker Lindsay Gibson appear in the back row.
But Armstrong said: “It’s the first game of the season and it was probably the best build-up to a season we’ve had since I’ve been at Hawick.
“I was hoping it would maybe gauge where we’re at and there’s still a bit of work to do, but it’s important to realise that it’s just one game, there’s a long way to go.”