Hawick stand-off Douglas insists Border League still anyone’s

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Hawick tasted their first Booker Border League defeat in seven games last Friday night, a loss that dents the Robbie Dyes’ hopes of back-to-back title triumphs.

“We let them get a soft lead and with their experience they controlled the rest of the game. It was a disappointing loss but one we will learn from,” Hawick stand-off Matthew Douglas said.

“We basically scored on the first play of the game but after that we allowed Gala to use their experienced and bigger forward pack to assert their physicality. Our younger, less experienced forwards were bullied and they [Gala] scored five tries.

“The second half was a lot more positive, we held them back for long stretches and when we got the ball we really showed what we can do. We played with intent but in the last ten minutes I think we tired and they saw the game out.”

An upbeat Douglas added: “The young boys didn’t look out of place against a tough Gala side that featured pretty much a full Premiership unit.

“It was a game in which Nikki [Walker, Hawick head coach] made a number of changes, giving boys who haven’t pullled on the Green jersey the chance to stake a claim. I would say those changes might have contributed slightly to the result but Gala were tough and they had a game plan that clearly worked.

“Overall we can’t be too disappointed with the result. There are still a number of games in the Border League remaining so it’s still anyone’s to win.”