Training numbers infuriate Johnstone

THE commitment of several players was called into question following Saturday’s heavy defeat to Currie, writes Gavin Gibbon.

The entire Greens squad was kept in the dressing room for 15 minutes after the final whistle as former Hawick, Scotland and British Lions legend Jim Renwick told a few home truths.

And interim coach Rocky Johnstone revealed their application to the cause was at the root of the discussion.

He told the Hawick News: “The players were asked if they are really committed to the Hawick jersey.

“The previous Saturday against Melrose it was felt we’d taken a step forward, but during the week we took two steps back because it was the worst training I think I’ve ever seen.

“There were 12 players on the Tuesday and 14 on the Thursday and that’s not only disappointing, it’s disgusting.”

Hawick were helped on Saturday by the tireless performances of experienced trio Bruce McNeil, Danny Landels and Barrie Keown.

But Johnstone admitted there were too many passengers against Currie, who ran riot and threatened to score at will.

And he said attitudes must change if the club has any hope of surviving in Premier One.

“When you come to play for Hawick you need to be fully committed.

“You need to be there on a Tuesday and a Thursday to train and then play with everything you’ve got on a Saturday,” he said.

“Unfortunately there are a lot of players in the squad who think they’re better than they actually are.”