Hawick must forget their recent league failures and focus on a BT Cup run, according to fullback Ali Weir, beginning with a tough second-round encounter against holders Boroughmuir at Meggetland tomorrow (Saturday).
The Greens’ once-promising 2015/16 campaign lies in tatters after their BT Premiership play-off hopes were dashed following consecutive defeats to Glasgow Hawks and Currie.
The Robbie Dyes now sit sixth, six points adrift of fourth-placed Melrose, and require a number of uncontrollable factors to fall their way in the final two weekends of the season if they are to stand any chance of jumping into April’s title party.
The BT competition is now realistically Hawick’s last shot at silverware this season and Weir is hoping his side can put their league woes aside and concentrate on another run at the cup, while exorcising some demons after falling short in the 2014/15 final – 55-17 against the Meggetland side.
Weir told us: “Saturday is a perfect opportunity for us to get back to business after a difficult couple of weekends. The results [against Currie and Glasgow Hawks] were gutting for everyone at the club because all the players gave it everything they had – we left it all on the pitch, but one or two little mistakes cost us.
“The play-offs are not mathematically impossible for us to reach – there is still a slim chance – but realistically it seems unlikely. We had it in our hands, but we were way off our best against Hawks and fell short against Currie, which has now cost us.”
Weir continued: “We said from the beginning of the season that as well as a run at the top four, we wanted to have another decent cup push, hopefully ending much better, and that certainly hasn’t changed.
“We have already beaten ‘Muir up at Meggetland, so we know what we are capable of and head up there with confidence of getting a positive result.”