Greens ready to repel any revenge mission by Accies

With wider league action resuming this weekend, Mansfield Park is the focus as Hawick is the only one of the top flight Borders clubs at home.

The Greens have struggled with injuries for much of this season, but will still fancy their chances against Edinburgh Accies, lying in the mid-table spot right above them.

Hawick head coach Phil Leck knows how vital the match is.

“This is an important game for us. They’ll come wanting revenge as we beat them at their place last time we met.

“We played really well in that game. But they’ll still come and fancy their chances, so we have to be ready.

“We’re lying in the spot below them in the table –if we win, we’ll go above them, so we need to put in a strong show.”

Recent games have seen the Greens make things tougher for themselves by conceding points early on and then having to play catch-up – something Leck is all too well aware of.

“We’ve been starting slow and conceding early points, then coming on strong in the last 20 minutes. So we’ve been working on stopping that.”

Elsewhere in the RBS Premiership, Gala make the long haul to Aberdeen.

Last weekend’s win against Stirling saw the Netherdale side tuck themselves into second spot behind leaders Ayr.

On paper, Aberdeen should not pose too many problems for the Maroons, but coach George Graham knows there’s no such thing as easy games at this level.

Melrose are also aboard the bus, this time bound for a clash with Glasgow Hawks.

On the homefront elsewhere, Selkirk take on GHA at Philiphaugh, while Peebles play host to Stewart’s/Melville.

Jedburgh, meanwhile, are away to Musselburgh, while Kelso face Hillhead/Jordanhill and Langholm trek across the country to Dunbar.

Philiphaugh director of rugby, Cammy Cochrane, says Selkirk’s meeting with GHA will be tough.

“They’ve been posting some good results and have a new stand-off and prop making a bit of a difference.

“After last week’s performance at Jed, we need a good game and we know they’ll be out for a bit of revenge after we won last time.”