Hawick skipper Rory Hutton expects a close contest with Heriot’s tomorrow but is convinced the Greens can topple last season’s BT Cup winners.
Hutton, who was instrumental in both of Hawick’s tries in Saturday’s defeat at Currie, has backed the Robbie Dyes to bounce back from what was an agonising loss in the capital with victory in front of the Mansfield Park faithful.
“We were all very disappointed with the close two-point loss at the weekend but confidence is high that we can earn a result on Saturday,” he said. “We turned them [Heriot’s] over twice last season and they finished in the top four, so we know we can mix it with the best and beat the top teams in this division.”
Hutton continued: “We all know that we missed a number of opportunities on Saturday and didn’t perform to our best, but I think with some players back from injury and some good work on the training pitch we will be ready for Heriot’s.”
As Hawick bid for their first win of the Premiership campaign, Hutton believes the current mix of youth and experience in the Greens squad makes them contenders for a top-four place and a real threat in a very open BT Premiership title race.
“I think it’ll be a close fight this season as a lot of the sides who struggled last year have improved and closed the gap on those who were at the top last year, so I think it is anyone’s to win.
“We have our goals and with the squad we have and mix of youth and experience I’m confident we can reach very high up this league and cause teams real problems.”