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Wiaan Griebenow believes a Booker Border League victory over Peebles tonight (Friday) and BT Cup title push would turn this season into a success, burying the disappointment of missing out on the league play-offs.

Following the low of back-to-back league losses against Glasgow Hawks and Currie, which ended the Greens’ pursuit of a BT Premiership gold, Hawick remain in contention for the BT Cup – second round fixture against Boroughmuir rearranged due to adverse weather – and the Borders League.

“We haven’t had a good start to 2016, losing two crucial games, but the aim now is to concentrate on the two competitions we’re still involved in, starting with Peebles in the Borders League,” said Griebenow.

The Robbie Dyes trail current Border League leaders Gala by six points and Griebenow hopes victory over National One highflyers Jed at Peebles RFC’s Gytes ground can spur the club on to finish the campaign strongly, possibly adding some silverware along the way.

He said: “We’re not treating this weekend’s game as a Border League or cup game, we are going into it just like we do any league game. We want to win – five points is the only thing we want. “The last couple of months for us has been pretty bad. Game call-offs almost every week and our performances against [Glasgow] Hawks and Currie weren’t good enough, and we have lost our chance at a play-off place.

“The aim for us now is to put things right and show ourselves again. We have been working hard in training to get back to the level we set pre-weather disruption and the boys just want to get out there and get going.”

Griebenow added: “We owe it to ourselves and the supporters to make a final push and hopefully come away with something at the end.”