Currie game is a must-win for Hawick, says Russell

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It is not quite panic stations 
yet for Hawick RFC but it will be close according to Craig Russell if they don’t find a way to win on Saturday against Currie at Mansfield Park, writes Alexander McLeman.

The Greens currently sit mired in third-bottom place at 1-3 after four BT Premiership games this season, four points off the play-off places, and head into Saturday’s crunch game against fourth-placed Currie needing more than just a losing or try bonus point if they are to revive 
their hopes of reaching the play-offs and avoid turning 2015 into a lost season.

“It’s not panic stations yet as it is still only early days but one win from four is not a 
good start in a season in which we have high expectations,” winger Russell said ahead of Saturday’s clash.

“For me, this weekend is basically now a must win 
because of the way we have started. Our home games are so important in this league and if we are to realistically climb up the table we’ve got to start picking up more than just a couple of points here and there, we have to start taking maximum points.

“It still is early days but we don’t want to be digging a hole for ourselves we might regret come later in the year.

“We can easily go on a 14-game winning streak and put this bad start behind us, but we just need to find that gear, start putting teams away and really take full advantage of the potential that this 
squad has.”