Quins hoping to end season on a high at lowly Lismore

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HAWICK Harlequins coach Timmy Pretswell is hoping his side can banish the memories of last weekend’s derby defeat and end the season on a high, writes Gavin Gibbon.

A bonus point victory this afternoon against struggling Lismore would see them finish the campaign on 67 points, although full points in their last two fixtures –both against Gala YM – would result in Dalkeith pipping them to the second promotion spot.

But Pretswell is wanting his charges to give themselves the best possible chance.

He told the Hawick News: “We’d like to think that promotion is still there for us. On Tuesday night I was surprised with the turnout. There was about 20 training. I felt after the game on Saturday we might struggle to get them motivated but the response was really positive.

“We’ve had quite a good season overall. We just have to go out and win the game and try to get a bonus point.”

The Baker Street outfit have suffered just four defeats this season, twice at the hands of the Linden as well as losses to Dalkeith and Forrester.

But Pretswell believes it’s their failure to capitalise fully in matches that could ultimately cost them.

He added: “If anything it’s been games like Gala YM back in November when we scored three tries and just missed out on a fourth to get the bonus point.

“That could come back to haunt us.”