Leck knows Hawick can’t afford to ‘gift’ game to Gala again

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HAWICK head coach Phil Leck admits that it will be tough against title favourites Gala, but believes the lessons his side have learnt against top-four teams wil ensure that this afternoon’s match is not a foregone conclusion, writes Alexander McLeman.

The Greens sit seventh in the RBS Premiership, 27 points behind Gala, and take on the league leaders at Mansfield Park looking to avenge a 32-13 defeat to the Netherdale outfit earlier in the season.

Leck said: “The last time we faced Gala we kind-of gift-wrapped five tries and 30 points for them. I felt that on the day our boys didn’t really believe that we could beat them.

“When you play top teams like Gala you have to be prepared for everything and play every minute otherwise they punish you.”

The Greens have a growing list of injury concerns with up to eight first-team regulars facing fitness tests, while Shawn Muir looks to have recovered well from a suspected serious neck injury.

Leck said: “We have plenty of bodies on the injury table right now, about seven or eight players are questionable for Saturday which is not ideal going into an important derby match, but with the small squad we have we just have to live with it and move on.”

Leck praised his side’s determination this season, and maintains the Greens can get something out of this afternoon’s game. “Gala are a top side and we know it will be hard, but they are beatable,” he said.