Walker relishing play-off bid

Nikki Walker
Nikki Walker

Hawick RFC head coach Nikki Walker is relishing the challenge as the race hots up for the final BT Premiership play-off place.

Walker, however, knows it will take more than wins to get his charges into the final

For the Greens, the business end of the season boils down to two must-win fixtures against Edinburgh Accies, tomorrow, and Boroughmuir on March 14.

Also, either Melrose or Heriot’s will have to record a victory over Gala for Hawick
to overtake their rivals and put themselves in contention for league
title honours.

The Robbie Dyes sit just five points adrift of the Netherdale outfit, and Walker acknowledged that Hawick are in the mix for a place in the top four but believes his side are underdogs as the race nears its conclusion.

“It’s great that we are in a position to be challenging for a place in the play-offs but it’s not in our hands,” he said.

“We must win both of our remaining games and hope Gala slip up against either Melrose or Heriot’s.

“We’re underdogs to make it, but we’ll continue to perform at a high intensity and work until it’s all said and done.”

Walker admits the town have been starved of league success in recent years but insisted there is a grander mission at play for the Greens this season.

“It’s been a while since we last tasted title success and it would be great to have a chance this season but if we don’t get there I strongly believe we are well placed to challenge for years to come,” he said.

“Success breeds confidence and momentum, which are essential in rugby. 
They attract more players and establish a hunger to win. We have had a good year and if we can finish on a high then I can see us competing with the top four again next season and challenging for titles.”