HAWICK coach Phil Leck will be missing at Meggatland as he recovers from an operation in hospital.
But his son Chris has been sent to deputise and will act as Rocky Johnstone’s right-hand man.
The 26-year-old scrum-half, a professional with Edinburgh Rugby, took charge of training sessions on Wednesday night and last night ahead of Hawick’s promotion play-off against Dundee tomorrow (kick-off 3pm).
And he is hoping he will be an able depute.
He told the Hawick News: “The instructions I’ve got from my dad are simple: don’t lose.
“I’ve taken one of his sides before when Burnley were top of the league and it was quite a big game and luckily we won so I’m one from one at the moment.
“I know how big a game this is for Hawick and hopefully that run can continue.”
It is understood Phil will be tuning in to proceedings through Skype technology.
Chris, who has already played against Dundee for his assigned club Currie, is currently recovering from shoulder surgery. The former Sale Sharks star forms a musical trio as he plays the drums and brother Dom and dad Phil both play guitar.
And he is confident they will be singing off the same hymn sheet tomorrow.
He said: “Hawick have had a great season and that’s shown so I won’t be going down to reinvent the wheel. I’ll be my dad’s spirit more than anything else and I’m hoping I can play a part in pointing them in the right direction.”
Hawick narrowly missed out on automatic promotion, with Glasgow Hawks pipping them on points difference.
That set up this nail-biting encounter with Dundee tomorrow at the home of Boroughmuir as the Mayfield outfit cling desperately to their Premier One status.
Johnstone said: “I don’t think the boys will need much coaching this week. The players know exactly what to do and are fully focused.
“Dundee’s numbers six, seven and eight are big fellas, but we need to stick to our game plan and play to our strengths.”
Hawick were this week sweating on the fitness of Neil Renwick.