Hawick Wanderers head coach Graeme Renwick says his young charges will have to hit perfection to beat Dumfries in tomorrow’s National Bowl final at Lasswade, writes Alexander McLeman.
Renwick is hoping his side can reproduce a similar kind of battling performance that they displayed in last weekend’s 20-17 Bowl semi win over Whitecraigs.
He said: “Against Whitecraigs we had to play in some atrocious conditions and play a style of rugby that is not what we are used to, but in the end we managed to see out the win with some gutsy, intelligent performances.
“They [Whitecraigs] play a similar type of game to Dumfries, using a forward-dominated game plan, keeping it tight in the rucks and mauls which means we can already plan for what Dumfries might throw at us.”
Wanderers have struggled this season against sides who use a forward-orientated style of play, losing a close battle with semi-junior league leaders Jed Thistle in late January and struggling last weekend against Whitecraigs.
However, Renwick says his side have learned their lesson from the Jed and Whitecraigs matches and now know how to counter physical teams.
“When we played Jed Thistle at the end of January we struggled to find a way past their physical forward pack. We tried to play our usual run-orientated style which we quickly realised was not going to work.
“We learned a lot about ourselves in that game and how we should combat a forward -dominated side, so come Sunday I feel the lads will know what to expect from the Dumfries boys and how to deal with their strengths.”
He continued: “We are confident in our own abilities and what we are capable of.
“We have to put in a perfect performance on Sunday if we want to win the title and I am confident the lads can do that.
Transport to the game tomorrow for players and committee members will depart Mart Street at 11.45am, with the supporters’ bus leaving shortly afterwards at noon from the same location.