Heriot’s big test, admits Weir

Hawick RFC's Ali Weir
Hawick RFC's Ali Weir

Hawick’s Ali Weir has described tomorrow’s BT Premiership opponents Heriot’s as “a class act” as they head for Mansfield Park.

The Greens will face a stiff test, but they are unbeaten in their last three games, limiting their opponents to a
league low 7.6 points per match.

They take on a Heriot’s side who have outscored their opponents 121-28 in their past three contests and head into the game buoyed after crushing
bottom club Selkirk by 70 points to eight on Saturday.

“We lost to Heriot’s earlier in the season because we made too many little mistakes and against a class team
like Heriot’s they punish
you and put you away,” said Weir.

“Just look at Selkirk,” added the full-back, who acknowledged that Hawick’s outstanding defensive record will be under severe pressure for the full 80 minutes.

“Since that defeat [36-26 in September] we’ve really come on, with massive improvements on both sides of
the ball, especially our defence.

“We know Heriot’s are a class act who are well drilled but we’ve shown against other top-four teams this season that we can hold our own.”

Nikki Walker’s side eliminated Heriot’s 6-3 in a slugfest when the two last met at Mansfield Park in the BT Cup semi-finals back in March and Weir is expecting another blood, sweat and tears battle this weekend.

“We showed last season in that hard-fought cup game that we can beat them,” he added. “That game was a hard battle and we’re expecting 
another similar ride this weekend.

“Against Stirling County last weekend we had great 
defence but in attack we were really flat.

“We need both sides to 
be clicking if we are to beat Heriot’s, we can’t just rely on one.”