Victorious Greens ‘not quite at full potential’

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Although hailing Hawick’s 36-16 victory against Boroughmuir as “the best 80-minute performance of the season”, Greens vice-captain Bruce McNeil admitted there is still a long way to go until they reach their full potential, writes Alexander McLeman.

Tries from Wullie Blacklock, Rory Hutton, Nikki Walker, Lee Armstrong, John Coutts and Sean Goodfellow gave Hawick an important bonus-point, which moves them away from trouble, while Boroughmuir will surely be concerned by the nature of their second-half collapse.

McNeil told the Hawick News: “After two disappointing losses to Stirling and Accies this was an important win and one of the best 80-minute performances we have put in all season.

“We had a good defensive structure, attacked well and really could have scored more points if we hadn’t blown a few opportunities.

“Right now we are not quite at the full potential we have shown in training, and in games we are capable of much more, but Saturday’s result was an important five points which we need to build on.

“The season still has a long way to go and we haven’t managed to get into the kind of form and consistency we want to be after some disappointing losses. Hopefully, this win, coupled with a another great result this weekend against Currie, we could find ourselves right back in the hunt for top four.”

McNeil added: “Confidence is high at the moment and Saturday’s result is now the benchmark for the season moving forward and we won’t accept anything less.”