‘Critical moments’ cost Greens

Hawick RFC captain Rory Hutton.
Hawick RFC captain Rory Hutton.

Hawick captain Rory Hutton has called on his side to stop hitting the self-destruct button following Saturday’s late defeat against Gala .

And Hutton says the Greens should now be expecting wins rather than just hoping for them.

The Robbie Dyes take on Glasgow Hawks at Old Anniesland this afternoon with Hutton returning to the Greens line-up after a spending the weekend in Bucharest with the Scotland 7s team.

Speaking ahead of the Hawks clash, Hutton told the Hawick News: “Confidence is pretty high around the squad right now, but the loss against Gala was devastating as we were in a winning position after going behind big early on and then throwing it away.

“It was a big blow to lose the way we did but during training this week and watching the video of the game back we didn’t lose the game in the last few seconds, we lost it during the first 35 minutes.

“We started too slow and gave them too much space and possession, switching off at critical moments and blowing another leading position.

“If you look at our recent results against Currie, Heriot’s and Gala, we have come very close to winning all of those games.

“It is about mental toughness in these close games, we have to stop hitting the self-destruct button and can’t just hope for the wins to come, we should to be expecting them now.”

Hutton added: “This weekend against Hawks will be another difficult game, they are a good team and have been winning consistently for many years now.

“We both came up from the division below together and have had some close battles over the years but

everyone in the squad is really looking forward to getting out there and earning the result.”