Sep 11 2008 By Matthew Leslie
Boss says team must cut out sloppy mistakes
HAWKS boss Peter Wright has demanded his team get back to basics after a nightmare second half saw them crash to Selkirk.
The Old Anniesland men looked to be cruising to victory over the Borderers as they racked up a nine-point lead thanks to tries from Peter Jericevich and a brace from Sean Murray.
But Selkirk - who pulled off a miraculous comeback against Currie the week before - reeled in hapless Hawks as scores from Martin Murray ( 2 ) and Eddie Gauche sealed a 25-24 win.
Wright fumed: "We threw it away - Selkirk played some good stuff but everytime we scored we would then **** up the kick-off.
"It is frustrating when you have guys who are six foot eight or nine who can't take kick offs - we didn't do the basics well and paid for it.
" I take my hat off to Selkirk as they capitalised on our mistakes - especially their last try when they pinched a ball that we fumbled and scored.
"Had we kept the ball we would have been in a good position to score ourselves but the fine line is, if you make mistakes, you don't win matches.
"We don't keep the ball well at the moment and we're going to have to work hard to remedy this.
"When we do this we look good - the boys got some great tries against Selkirk so we know we can play well.
"This season so far has been a real eye-opener for the young guys but where we go from here is how quickly do they learn from their mistakes.
"There's been some good quality stuff in our training sessions but we need to transfer that form over to the big stage."
Next up for Hawks is a trip to last season's Premier champions Boroughmuir.
However, Wright is undaunted by the fixture and reckons his troops can rise to the occasion.
He added: "Some say that facing Boroughmuir is a daunting prospect.
"But it is a great game for us to have as playing against the best team in the country should be all the motivation you need.
"Boroughmuir play a good running game and that will suit us. We are good at doing the fancy stuff too but what has let us down is the contact area so if we get the nitty-gritty sorted out we can give them a match."