Stirling 8 Hawks 38
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.”