Cochrane calls on team to use scepticism to prove worth

Selkirk assistant coach Cameron Cochrane
Selkirk assistant coach Cameron Cochrane

Selkirk assistant coach Cameron Cochrane admits its time his charges got serious and ended their losing run by unleashing their best against Ayr on Saturday at Philiphaugh or face the prospect of drifting further away from BT Premiership survival.

The Souters sit mired 0-7 and stand alone at the foot of the Premiership as the last remaining winless team in the division.

The stay-in-the-moment task now for Selkirk, according to Cochrane, is to: identify areas where they are insufficient and flat-out improve. The coach also accepts there is an abundance scepticism that they can survive in the division and wants his side to use that as fuel for proving their worth against one of Scotland’s top sides this weekend.

“The stage we are at now, it’s about time we won otherwise it’s only going to get worse,” said Cochrane.

“It’s not easy coming up like we did, winning all our games and then not being able to carry it on. We haven’t been terrible but we’ve been guilty of some basic errors that simply need to be eradicated.

We know we have weaknesses but we’re not a million miles away. We understand there is a general feeling that we’ll continue to struggle from those outside the club but we still believe in our abilities. The aim now is to show people exactly what Selkirk rugby is about and get back to winning.”

Hawick return home to Mansfield Park this weekend after exacting some overdue revenge over their BT Cup final tormentors Boroughmuir last weekend.

The Robbie Dyes are in the place-off places for the first time this season and take on a Glasgow Hawks side full-back Ali Weir expects will be one of their toughest contests they’ll experience all year.

“I have faced Hawks many times and there is a general trend when you play them; they’re one of the toughest defences in the division,” said Weir.

“Hawks play similarly to us, they have young guys who know how to scrap and work and also pass and play rugby. We’re expecting a tough game which will be won by whoever makes the least errors.”

For Gala, their early season rush to the summit of the league has long disappeared. The Maroons are now languishing second bottom of the division, staring at a possible six-game losing run when the take on reigning champions Heriots at Goldenacre on Saturday.

Second placed Melrose similarly travel east to take on Currie with the Greenyards side aiming to keep pace with league leaders Ayr.

In National League One, Peebles travel to Aberdeen to take on Grammar after surprising the division by securing their first win of season against previously unbeaten Marr last weekend. Kelso welcome Howe of Fife to Poynder Park while Musselburgh host Jed-Forest.