This afternoon sees Hawick and Gala resume one of the fiercest rivalries in the Scottish club game and despite their conflicting fortunes the two sides are expected to light up what looks set to be a dark, wet afternoon at Mansfield Park, writes Alexander McLeman.
Since losing to the Maroons back in week two, the Greens have torn through the the BT Premiership, winning six from eight, and their victory over Melrose last weekend has clearly established the Robbie Dyes as one of the favourites to make the end-of-season play-offs.
Scoring an average 25 points per game, while conceding a maximum 1.5 tries in each of their last three matches, this afternoon’s result looks a forgone conclusion.
But speaking to the Hawick News earlier this week, Greens full-back Ali Weir, who anticipates the usual fireworks when the two sides go head to head, emphasised: “Gala are always dangerous, they’re well coached and have some quality players and will be desperate for a win after such a bad run of form, they can’t be taken lightly,” said.
“We are going into the game with a huge level of confidence but we respect what Gala can do.
“They’re not a bad side, they’re just not getting the results they want.
“We’re going to have to be at our best to keep this run going because these derby games are always tough and feisty.”