Greens determined not to be easy prey

Hawick face the first real test of their Premiership play-off credentials this weekend with a showdown against fellow contenders Glasgow Hawks at Mansfield Park.

The last time these two met in September, the Teries were coming off back-to-back impressive performances against Ayr and Gala. The Robbie Dyes were expecting to challenge Hawks, who had lost their previous three matches, but ended up being annihilated 43-10.

Given that Hawick are going into tomorrow’s return fixture on another high after four successive victories – against Edinburgh Accies, Jed Forest, Gala and Ayr – the club are keen to avoid history repeating itself and vice-president John Thorburn is mindful the threat Hawks possess.

He said: “I think everyone wants to wipe away the result from when we last played them as it was the worst performance our team has put in all season. We were not at the races in that game. I think complacency crept in and Hawks taught us a severe lesson.

“This time around I know the boys will be looking to put that performance right, but we will have to be mindful that Hawks have quality – just look at their win over Melrose last weekend.”

Thorburn insists the Greens are well equipped to deal with the upcoming pivotal cluster of fixtures over the next two months and is savouring the possibility that silverware could return to Mansfield Park.

Thorburn added: “It has been ten years since we were last in the BT Cup final, so I’m delighted to be involved in the quarter-finals and also a play-off race and Border League challenge.

“What we have achieved so far this season is great, but if I am honest we didn’t expect to be in this position right after making a coaching change at the start of the season.”