Tomorrow sees Hawick on a revenge mission as they face BT Cup final tormentors Boroughmuir at Meggetland in the Premiership.
After losing three out of their first four games, the Robbie Dyes have now won three and lost three, earning back-to-back victories over Currie and Selkirk, and sit just four points behind a coveted play-off berth.
Greens assistant coachMcLeod believes his charges are hitting form, just in time to put one over the side who dominated proceedings at the Murrayfield showpiece in April.
“The cup final was brutal, massively disappointing, but it’s a new season and the boys are itching to get out there and put some pride back into the team this weekend,” said McLeod.
“Since I played against Boroughmuir and watching them over the past couple of seasons, they are a tough team.
“The last time we faced them was tough.
“They dominated us for 80 minutes with their physical forwards and starved us of possession.
“We never really got going in the final but the boys head to Meggetland in good form winning our last two league games and even though we lost to Gala on Friday night the performance was very good, so confidence is high, plus they want some revenge.”
McLeod acknowledged his side’s early season form hadn’t been great, and the Newcastle Falcons flanker and former Scottish internationalist admitted for Hawick to realistically call themselves title contenders, performances against the bigger sides have to rise or they’ll be faced with the prospect of another year on the outside looking in.
“We didn’t start the season off well,” added McLeod.
“We lost to Melrose and our performance against Gala was terrible. Heriot’s beat us when we gave away silly penalties and lost boys to the sin bin.
“These sorts of concentration lapses and general bad habits need to stop if we are to call ourselves contenders.
“We’ve been playing a lot better recently, I feel, but there is always room for improvement.
“Boroughmuir are aiming for a top-four place and if we are to be considered in the same bracket as them we have got to start beating teams who are up there as well.”