HAWICK can take a major step towards maintaining their RBS Premiership status this afternoon when they take on Edinburgh Accies at Mansfield.
But Greens coach Phil Leck wants to disavow his charges of any notion that survival in club rugby’s top flight is enough.
“That’s not the philosophy I want to instil,” said Leck.
He went on: “If players begin to think only in terms of safety, they get edgy and silly mistakes are more likely to creep in.
“It’s a league in which results have shown that everybody can beat everybody else, so winning, rather than the fear of losing, has got to be the focus.”
Hawick, with four wins from 11 games, go into the encounter in seventh place, with the Raeburn Place outfit one rung and only two points above them in the 10-team division.
The Greens are hoping to bounce back from Saturday’s 30-20 RBS Borders Regional Cup defeat at Melrose and the crushing disappointment of the previous week’s 17-17 home draw with Glasgow Hawks in the Premiership, when only an injury-time breakaway ensured parity for the visitors.
Leck added: “Although beaten at The Greenyards, we fought back well with one of our best performances of the season and this great bunch of really committed lads have moved on from the horrors of the Hawks draw when a lapse of concentration cost us dear.”
Hawick will be buoyed in the knowledge that they broke their Premiership duck at the third time of asking by outplaying tomorrow’s opponents and scoring a 34-24 win at Raeburn Place back in September.
“The chance to do the double over Accies and also leapfrog them in the league is a great incentive for a solid 80-minute performance,” said Leck, who reports no major injury worries.