Double would be a ‘massive achievement’

Matt Landels
Matt Landels

As Hawick gear up for a return to BT Murrayfield, club stalwart Matt Landels is hoping history repeats itself at next weekend’s cup final.

The Robbie Dyes take on Premiership rivals Boroughmuir in Scottish rugby’s showpiece event on Saturday, April 18, and hooker Landles knows all too well what it takes to win a title double, having lifted the league and BT Cellnet Cup back in 2002 with the Greens, and he is looking forward to a crack at another trophy twosome.

“Just like it was back then, the occasion is going to be massive for the club and to earn another title double would be something special,” said Landels.

“What the boys have managed to achieve this season is pretty remarkable given where we were 12 months ago.

“We have turned things around very quickly, going from relegation threatened to title contenders. I mean we were still in the hunt for the league two weeks ago so it has been a very good season for us.

“To win a title double would be a massive achievement. When we did it in 2002 it wasn’t easy and at times it never looked like happening but we stuck in there, dug deep and gritted it out and I think this year’s current group have a very similar sort of mindset.”

Landels continued: “From the 2002 side to the one now I see a lot of similarities in how we approach

the game.

“And I strongly believe the squad we have can cap a fantastic year with a Border League and BT Cup triumph.”