Hawick will be looking to build on encouraging but nevertheless losing performances in recent weeks when they take on Heriot’s tomorrow.
The Greens warmed-up for the crucial RBS Premiership match at Mansfield Park with a 33-13 defeat at the hands of Gala in the Border League last Friday, while a 45-17 Premiership defeat at Currie at the beginning of the month also threw up some encouraging signs.
The incentive could not be greater, as Hawick know that a win this weekend will likely see them avoid a relegation play-off match with either Watsonians or Stewart’s-Melville FP.
The Edinburgh side have faced the Teries once already this season, in a 25-18 win for Hawick, with Greens hooker Lindsey Gibson confident that the team will raise their recent levels of performance tomorrow. “We all know what we are capable of on our day and we all believe if we turn up with the right attitude then the result will come our way,” he said.
“Going into the game this weekend we need to make sure we concentrate for the full 80 minutes, instead of just stages of the game like we have been doing this season.”
Gibson continued: “We know on our day we can live with and beat any team in this league, it is purely a case of making sure that our day is Saturday.”
The match is a dead rubber for the visitors who are out of the title reckoning and playing purely for pride, but with a tough RBS Cup semi-final match against Aberdeen Grammar to follow, club internationalist Gibson insists that Heriot’s cannot be taken lightly.
“They obviously have sealed their British and Irish Cup spot so effectively it is a nothing game for them but we cannot rely on that,” Gibson said. “They have a semi-final coming up so their players will be desperate to impress to make sure they are in the squad for that cup game.
“We have a chance to seal our Premiership status this weekend which does bring a little bit extra pressure but as a squad we have all been here before, in high pressure end-of-season games.
“Nine times out of ten we turn up and get the result so we are hoping we can do the same this weekend.”