Russell laments Greens’ failure to take chances

Hawick's Craig Russell puts Melrose on the back foot.
Hawick's Craig Russell puts Melrose on the back foot.

Hawick’s Craig Russell admitted the Greens “left too many chances out on the field” following Saturday’s opening day defeat to Melrose, writes Alexander McLeman.

The winger, who recently returned to the Greens after spells with Biggar and Gala, felt his side shortchanged themselves after squandering several scoring opportunities and allowed The Greenyards men to dictate the pace for much of the game.

“We coughed up too much possession and against a quality side like Melrose they are going to punish you,” said Russell.

“Melrose have quality from 1-15 and they were clicking right from the opening kick-off. They are a side who take their chances and as you saw on Saturday, we gave them a number of chances and they punished us.

“The fact is we didn’t play all that bad, we just didn’t look after the ball and allowed Melrose to completely dictate the pace of the game.”

The 23-year-old cited Hawick’s white-line fever in the red zone as another reason for Saturday’s 31-15 defeat and admitted improvements are needed ahead of another tough test at Gala, tomorrow (Saturday).

“Against Melrose you aren’t going to score on the first or second phases, you build momentum and retain the ball. We didn’t do that on Saturday. We gave away possession far too early and when we did have them under pressure, we couldn’t execute.

“The video analysis shows us what we need to work on and we all know we left too many chances out on the field last weekend.

“Looking ahead, we have Gala this weekend and improvements are needed because we don’t want to wait too long for our first win of the new season.”