Hawick head coach Phil Leck says tomorrow’s RBS Cup clash against Peebles at Mansfield Park and next weekend’s tie at home to Selkirk are “pivotal” if his squad is to retain its competitive edge ahead of the return to Premiership duty at the end of the month, writes Alexander McLeman.
Leck, who is aiming to use the cup games to identify the fringe players who he believes can hold their own in the top tier, said: “We are trying to bring in some new players who we hope can make the move up to the Premiership, and the next few weeks against Peebles and Selkirk are pivotal for us to build our squad to a level we feel is competitive and strong enough to survive in the league.”
Alluding to the match against the men from The Gytes and the opportunity to try out “new things”, Leck continued: “When we play Peebles it isalways a good game, we never underestimate teams and they have surprised us in the past.
“I am expecting my players to work hard over the next few weeks, which will set us up nicely when we get back to league business against Stirling.
“We have a squad now of close to 21 players who are fit and ready with others we have identified that could come in and do a job for us. We know if we want to be chasing titles our squad is going to have to take a few bumps along the way with these [cup]matches perfect for us to try out new things.”
Tomorrow’s match against Peebles kicks off at 3pm