Stir­ling 8 Hawks 38

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AF­TER a tough week for Fin­lay Gil­lies there was vin­di­ca­tion on Satur­day af­ter­noon when his Hawks side ran in six tries in an em­phatic vic­tory which re­stored their cre­den­tials as gen­uine chal­lengers in this sea­son’s Pre­mier­ship race,

Hav­ing suf­fered a se­ri­ous dent to their col­lec­tive con­fi­dence last week, when Mel­rose mer­ci­lessly pun­ished their in­ac­cu­ra­cies at Old An­nies­land, Hawks have clearly learned their les­son and the band­wagon is now well and truly back on the road.

Scores from Josh Hen­der­son, Steven Find­lay, Grant Ste­wart, Ge­orge Horne, Robert Beat­tie and Scott Rodgers eclipsed Stir­ling’s soli­tary touch­down from Rory Hughes, but the score­board does not do jus­tice to Hawks’ su­pe­ri­or­ity in this con­test when it came to putting to­gether fluid pas­sages of play.

“We are pleased with the re­sult, but there is a lot of things to clean up in our per­for­mance,” said Gil­lies.

“We felt we could po­ten­tially have had that score­line at half-time if we had been more clin­i­cal.”

Those words might sound like the coach was be­ing a bit of a party-pooper given the scale of his team’s vic­tory, but Gil­lies in­sisted that his tepid anal­y­sis was only be­cause he has so much be­lief in his team.

“I know how good these guys are, and col­lec­tively how good they can be as a team,” he said.

“I keep say­ing to them that we are the best-kept se­cret in this league, and I gen­uinely be­lieve that.

“We got noth­ing out of a game against Mel­rose which we went into con­fi­dent and buzzing, and maybe we went into our shell a wee bit – but in the last 20 min­utes to­day we got a bit of our swag­ger back.”

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