Beaten YM turn attentions to the title

DEJECTED Hawick YM coach Jammy McFarlane insists there is still plenty to play for as his squad look to recover from their RBS Shield semi-final heartache.

The high flying Redskins were on course for a league and cup triumph, but defeat to Musselburgh on Saturday left their hopes of a double in tatters.

However, with just one victory away from the title, the Mansfield Haugh chief is now focused on National Division One glory.

He said: “We’ve got a game next weekend to win the league. We need to pick the boys up and get them going again because there’s still a lot to play for.

“After the league is finished there’s sevens tournaments. We want to be competitive in them, so there’s still plenty of rugby to be played.

“Everybody thinks this is the end but there’s a fair way to go yet.”

Just like the Quins at Dunbar, the YM ultimately fell agonisingly short in their quest for a Murrayfield appearance.

And while decision making could be called into question during last Saturday’s match against the top two teams in National One, McFarlane remained proud of his largely young squad.

He added: “The boys have given everything. They didn’t leave anything out there and they were completely empty at the final whistle.

“They weren’t quite good enough and that’s the bottom line. Musselburgh were a good side and credit to them. These big games come down to fine margins and that was the difference on the day.”

n YM match report and reaction, p31

n Quins match report and reaction, p30