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RUGBY: Chas knows the top drill.

DENTIST Chas Afuakwah is well-drilled when it comes to landing rugby silverware.

And the 34-year-old Ghana-born lineout specialist has vowed to leave Boroughmuir down in the mouth by helping Glasgow Hawks to their second BT Cellnet Cup success in three years.

Chas will hang up his boots after Saturday's Murrayfield showdown, which will be shown live on BBC, and he's hoping Hawks can buck the trend and prevent the trophy being picked up by the Premiership Two champs. In 1998 it was the Anniesland men who thumped Kelso, then 12 months ago Gala edged out the same opponents.

Afuakwah said: "Boroughmuir are a very good side who are on a roll.

"They have established a terrific momentum and have high quality players in key positions who have had top- flight experience, such as my old Hawks clubmate Derek Stark.

"Their Kiwi stand-off Calvin Howarth is also of proven quality."

But Chas insisted: "Our coaches, Bill MacDonald and Shade Munro, will make sure we keep our feet on the ground.

"While Muir have Howarth as their main weapon we have a matchwinner in Campbell Aitken, who would love to beat his former team.

"We also have a competent defence behind the scrum."

Former Test ace Stark is out to complete a remarkable treble by earning a winner's medal with three different clubs.

The winger said: "My first was for Melrose four years back and then came the Hawks success a year later.

"Three victories would be a bit special and I believe we have the players to least give Hawks a scare."
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Date:Apr 16, 2000
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