Greens looking for a cup lift

Bruce McNeil
Bruce McNeil

Hawick must focus on cup matters after deflating back-to-back league failures have all but ended their play-off push, according to assistant coach Scott MacLeod.

The position Hawick now find themselves in is a far cry from the team full of optimism and confidence that entered December trailing league leaders Ayr by five points. The Greens had been one of the best backline and forward pack combinations in the country.

Mansfield Park was brimming with talent and depth. It would seem to be a dream landscape and in a year of upsets and surprises in the BT Premiership, the Robbie Dyes were one of the surest bets around.

Only it hasn’t worked out that way. A dreadful stretch of adverse weather stretching from mid-December to mid-January cost the Greens half a dozen competitive games, leaving them without any meaningful fixtures, ultimately derailing what could have been a potentially historic season.

Hawick lay dormant and when they returned to competitive action against Glasgow Hawks, the Teries were obliterated 31-5, followed by a narrow loss to Currie – 17-15 – which ended their hopes of a place in April’s title play-off series.

Former Scotland internationalist MacLeod has called on his team to make sure the misery ends this weekend against Boroughmuir at Meggetland in the BT Cup second round.

He said: “Although it is still mathematically possible we can get into the top four, it’s very unlikely. It’s not a position we envisioned we’d be in after starting the season so strongly, but we have to live with our mistakes and pick ourselves up with a win over Muir on Saturday.

“The BT Cup is now our season. A lot is at stake this weekend because if we fail we don’t really have anything left to play for.”