Greens must grab vital points to beat the drop

Wesley Hamilton scored for Hawick at the weekend
Wesley Hamilton scored for Hawick at the weekend

Time is running out for Hawick to stave off relegation as the BT Premiership season enters its second half.

Losers now of three straight games, including a 43-30 defeat to Stirling County on Saturday in which the Robbie Dyes defence wilted under minimal pressure, Hawick have put themselves in a position where they likely have to win all of their remaining games to stand a chance of Premiership survival.

“We read and hear everything and we know it is up to us, no one else, to fix our position,” said Greens scrum-half Bruce Campbell.

“After about two games this season I think everyone thought a relegation battle might be on. Everyone acknowledges now we will probably have to win most, if not all, of our remaining games to give ourselves a chance of survival.

“The problem in this league is there are only 10 teams which means you are either in the top five, contending for a play-off place, or you are in the bottom five fighting off relegation. Teams are always under pressure.”

The tailspin downwards has heaped enormous pressure on a young Teri side that has struggled to prove they belong as one of Scotland’s top 10 armature teams.

Campbell insists after receiving a cold does of reality against Stirling County improvements are not just expected, they are necessary against Watsonians at Myreside on Saturday.

“We go to Watsonains thinking anything is possible after that Stirling wake-up,” added Campbell, who will miss Saturday’s away trip due to a knee injury. They have surprised a lot of people. Many felt with what they did in the off-season they would be more consistent and a bigger threat in the league but have struggled at times playing hot and cold rugby.

“Speaking to some of the boys who watched video of their 58-15 loss to Heriots said they looked average.

“We know what we are capable of and there is no reason, despite our various issues on defence, that we can’t go up there and get a win.”