‘Lot at stake’ says Walker as Greens face Melrose

Nikki Walker
Nikki Walker

Hawick are aiming to maintain their push for a top four place when they renew rivalries with Melrose at The Greenyards, tomorrow.

The Robbie Dyes have steadily progressed from their uncertain opening to the season to become genuine BT Premiership play-off contenders.

Their success has been built on the performances against the top four sides this season, beating of Ayr (twice), Gala and Melrose, but head coach Nikki Walker repeated this week what he tells his players after every win: “There is still a long way to go.”

He continued: “A number of games remain until the final standings are complete so we need to keep working,” said Walker.

“We’ve played well and beaten some top sides but we need to make sure complacency doesn’t creep in or the hard work we have done all season will be for nothing.”

Walked added: “ We’re at the business end to the season now with [Melrose] aiming to secure a home play-off semi-final tie while we’re still striving to make it into the play-offs, which means both teams go into [tomorrow’s] game with a lot at stake.”

n Walker has announced his departure from Edinburgh Rugby after a frustrating spell with the capital club following his move from Aviva Premiership side Worcester Warriors.

The former Scotland international winger could only manage one appearance for Edinburgh as injuries and inconsistent form kept him out the side, but since rejoining Hawick as a designated professional last season, he has flourished.

Walker took over as coach at the beginning of the current campaign following the departure of Phil Leck and admitted the decision to leave Edinburgh was made easier due to his involvement with the Greens. “This decision was always on the cards, it just happened about five months earlier than I had planned,” said Walker.

“If it wasn’t for Hawick I really wouldn’t have become a professional rugby player. My career has come full circle now with me back at the club so the decision to leave Edinburgh early was made a lot easier. I am privileged to be coaching Hawick and I am looking forward to the next stage in my career.”