Hawick almost certain to face Currie

BARRING an upset of herculean proportions, Hawick will host Currie in the quarter-final of the National Cup.

The Malleny Park men are due to face bottom-of-their-pool Hamilton tomorrow and just need to avoid defeat to progress to the Mansfield Park tie next Saturday.

However, should Hamilton win by more than 48 points, then it will be Aberdeen Grammar who go through.

And the winners of Hawick’s tie will host the victors of the mouth-watering match between Heriot’s and Melrose in the semi-final.

It’s currently one win apiece between Hawick and Currie, having both won theirrespective home game, which is sure to set up a winner-takes-all encounter next weekend.

Coach Derek Armstrong told the Hawick News: “It’s not a bad draw. We beat them at home and they beat us away when Matty (Landels) got sent off.

“It’s great to have a home draw and what an incentive the boys have with the potential to meet Melrose at Mansfield in the semi-finals.

“We’re taking it one game at a time though, Currie are well coached, they’re a good side and they’ll be tough opposition.”

n Hawick captain Bruce McNeil has been selected to play in the club international match tonight against Ireland for the inaugural Dalriada Cup.

The Greens forward will start at prop for the match at Netherdale, which kicks off at 7.30pm. Admission is free.

n A Hawick PSA/Wanderers select side is set to face American touring side Woodlands Youth Rugby Club next Thursday under the lights at Mansfield Park.

Kick off is 7pm.