Hawick look to keep up fine run and blunt attack of Watsonians

Lee Armstrong for Hawick
Lee Armstrong for Hawick

Winners of their previous five BT Premiership matches, Hawick put their impressive league run to the test against the division’s most potent attacking outfit in Watsonians on Saturday at Myreside Stadium.

Hawick are the Premiership’s form team. The Greens have secured 23 league points in their last five matches, after previously earning just six all season, and can all but guarantee participation in next season’s Premiership campaign with victory Saturday against a fearsome play-off chasing Watsonians side.

“They are probably the best attacking team in the club game right now,” said Hawick prop Shawn Muir on the Myreside outfit, who have tallied a league record 222 points in their last five Premiership outings.

“They beat Glasgow Hawks 36-0 last weekend and have dominated sides recently. It is going to be a hard game but we boast a five-game winning run ourselves and we go into the game with nothing to fear. “Confidence is running high and we know if we play to our abilities, we can stop them.”

This weekend’s match-up, previously a free weekend but filled following the postponement of the original January 20 contest between the two sides, comes as Hawick will be missing nine first team regulars who are on a stag-weekend or travelling to Cardiff to watch Scotland’s Six Nation opener against Wales.

“It was going to be tricky even if we didn’t have boys missing. so no doubt it makes it harder but, like I said, we are confident and have proved in their last five games we can win games against sides of Watsonians calibre,” added Muir.

“We go there with confidence and know a win can help put to rest any relegation thoughts. We have a tough final three games of the season, all against the top three sides, and will be going into each with an aim to take scalps.

“Confidence is there and the boys are buzzing to get back on to the pitch to train and play. We are going to be fighting until the end to make sure we are playing Premiership rugby again next season.”