Thursday 16 January 2020

Match Preview Prem 14: Hawick v Accies

Saturday 18 January
After last week's disappointing cancellations due to waterlogged pitches, the forecasts for Saturday for Hawick and Prestonpans look far more positive and we are hopeful all three teams will get a run out.

If you are travelling to Hawick on Saturday, please note that parking at the club is very restricted due to road works.

1st XV v Hawick, Mansfield Park, 14:00
Our first match against Hawick comes late in the season and they have had plenty of time to show their mettle, winning eight of their twelve games so far and currently sitting third in the league. Combine that with the fact that Mansfield Park is always a tough venue and we know we face a significant challenge on Saturday. However, no team is unassailable and we will make the journey to the Borders determined to build on our performance against Jed-Forest.

Coach's comments:
"We have a mixture of youth and experience for our trip to Hawick this week. Mansfield Park is a fantastic place to play rugby and we are all excited about the challenge of taking on George Graham’s resurgent Hawick side - and what a challenge it will be.

"Max Love moves back to his accustomed position of scrum half, with Richard Mill returning to the starting line-up and Ben Grainger and Ben Appleson returning to the bench. Jamie Sole moves to number 8 and Patrick O’Sullivan comes onto the flank, with Cameron Bain coming onto the bench."

1st XV v Hawick

2nd XV v Hawick Force, Mansfield Park, 14:00
Hawick Force are top of the table, to our sixth place, but there are only twelve points in it and with so many fixtures across the league being conceded, it is sometimes diffcult to get a real feel for how teams will face off against each other. Two things are certain: it will be a hard game and our team will be gunning for a win.

3rd XV v Preston Lodge - CANCELLED
Unfortunately we have had to concede this fixture due to late call-offs. Preston Lodge will record a 28-0 win.

Onwards & upwards!


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