Hawick braced for cup test

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Hawick must start playing “serious rugby again” – beginning with tomorrow’s BT Scottish Cup tie at Marr – says head coach Nikki Walker.

The Greens travel to Fullarton Park eager to get back on track after a chastening experience against Currie a fortnight ago, where they fought back from 19 points down to rescue a draw.

Speaking to the Hawick News this week, Walker revealed he is wary of the threat posed by the Ayrshire club who have risen from the depths of the west regional leagues up to national one, and says his charges will have to be “switched on and ready to go”.

“It’s a great opportunity in a great competition to build some much-needed confidence and also provide a chance for players needing game time to show what they are made of while getting back to playing some serious rugby again,” Walker said.

“We’re expecting a difficult game on Saturday as they have climbed the leagues in recent years and will have a big incentive to beat us and get one over on a side a division above them.

“We’ll need a strong team to make sure we get what we want from the game, and after a weekend off we will be making sure everyone is switched on and ready to go. The cup is something we are targeting and it would be nice to go on a run and give the supporters something else to get excited about.”

Walker added: “Our main aim in the second half of the season is to build consistency with more wins and keep improving.

“We’ve had a mixed set of results so far but a win this weekend against a quality
side like Marr will hopefully build consistency that
we’ll look to take into the league.

“We’re still taking each game as it comes and with the division still completely wide open, a couple of good results can shoot you right up the table.”