Minor tinkering required for cup bid

Twelve years after lifting their last trophy, Hawick are aiming to end their barren run without silverware by booking their place in the BT Cup final, writes Alexander McLeman.

Victory over holders Heriot’s on Saturday at Mansfield Park would take them one step closer.

The Robbie Dyes have won eight of their last nine games to move to within two points of a league play-off place and two wins away from possible cup glory.

But despite their success, the Greens host a Heriot’s side who hold two victories over them already this season, managing to remain competitive, just, in both fixtures – losing 14-16 and 29-15. The expectation is Saturday will be another keenly-fought, close battle of wits and hits, and head coach Nikki Walker admits his side will have to climb to new levels if they are to avoid a third defeat.

“We will have to be well prepared for a very hard, physical and mental battle,” he told The Southern.

The former Scotland international insisted his side don’t need to reinvent the wheel or change how they play, but did suggest “minor tinkering” will be needed if they are to earn a result over their Premiership rivals at the third time of asking.