Greens braced for Heriot’s ‘dogfight’

Hawick coach Nikki Walker is targeting a “big result” as he prepares his side for this weekend’s BT Cup semi-final at home to Heriot’s.

The Greens are on a great run at the moment, with eight wins from their last nine games. A record bettered by just one team, Heriot’s.

The Robbie Dyes have lost twice to the Goldenacre outfit this season – 14-16 and 29-15 – in a pair of tight, keenly fought clashes, and head coach Walker envisages another tight contest at Mansfield Park, tomorrow (Saturday).

“In our two contests with them this season we have given them a good game, almost beating them at Mansfield, and losing a hard, physical battle in Edinburgh. I expecting another similar dogfight,” said Walker.

“Heriot’s are favourites, they are top of the division and the cup holders, but they have to come to us and I feel on any day we can beat anyone at home.

“The crowd will be packed and I’m really confident the boys can go out there and earn a big result for the club and the town.”

While silverware was not initially on the agenda during what Walker has previously described as a “building-season”, Saturday is another decisive moment in his side’s evolution and the former Scotland internationalist admitted that failure to secure a spot in next month’s Murrayfield showpiece would be a huge blow.

He added: “I’ve said all year that titles and silverware were never really on the cards because we were
starting afresh from a tough year.

“There were no expectations on us to win anything but from where we were and where we are now it would be massively disappointing if we didn’t go on and book a place in the final.”