Leck: Accies match isn’t win or bust

Phil Leck
Phil Leck

HAWICK coach Phil Leck is refusing to label tomorrow’s crunch clash against Edinburgh Academicals as a “must win” match.

The Greens got their Premier B fight for survival off to a stuttering start earlier this month with a draw against Stewart’s Melville.

Victories for Glasgow Hawks and Heriot’s have placed them at the top of the pile after the opening round of fixtures – although Jed-Forest’s match against Accies was postponed because of the weather.

And while Leck is looking for a Mansfield Park win he was quick to stress that there is plenty of rugby to be played before the final placings are decided.

He told the Hawick News: “You can never say it’s make or break until you get to the end of what you’re trying to achieve.

“It’s a really important game, there’s no doubt about it, and if we lose, it would make it really difficult for us for the remainder of the campaign.

“But in the same instance if we win then we’ve still got another six games to go that we would have to win.

“Make or break is a very final statement. Anything can happen, there’s nobody out there who you would say were bankers to win games.”

The last time the Greens played Edinburgh – earlier in the season at Raeburn Place – Hawick were humbled by 25 points without reply.

Leck has since taken over and was quick to point out that they have won six out of their last eight games, conceding just six tries in seven matches.

And he has promised a much more positive encounter this time around.

He said: “Unfortunately in that first game (against Stew Mel) some things weren’t quite right, but the patience is coming.

“And it was disappointing because we want to be going out and winning every game.

“I’ve watched the tapes from the last game against Accies and another game of theirs and they won’t score as easily as they did on that day. If they do score then they’ll have to work hard for it.”