Friday, 28 March 2014

Scorpions looking to bounce back

South Wales Scorpions’ coach Mike Grady will wait until Saturday before naming his side for the visit of Hemel Stags this Sunday at Maesteg RFC (kick-off 3pm).

The Scorpions have a handful of injury worries so are waiting until the last possible moment to see who is fit to play.

Grady’s side will be desperate to bounce back from last week’s defeat at York City Knights, but Hemel are unlikely to roll over.

“Last Sunday was very disappointing,” Grady said. “York are a quality side so we knew we would be up from it from the off but to get beat in the way we did was not acceptable. We trained following day, looked at DVD and had a good talk about it and I expect a reaction from them this week. Now we draw a line under that and move on.

“Hemel presents again another tough challenge. Saying that I'm a firm believer in concentrating on what we do and not the opposition. We did play them two weeks ago in the Cup and have an idea of what to expect, but if we play to our strengths and maintain our effort and commitment the results won't be far away.”
“The lads have had the toughest week in training they have ever had after last week so we will be ready for the stern test from Hemel on Sunday.”

Stags coach Troy Perkins said: “The Scorpions have had a heavy loss and will be looking to put things right, but it’s only a couple of weeks since we played them so we’ve got some idea of what to expect.

“They’re a young team that’s full of enthusiasm, and we only put them to the sword in the last 20 minutes.

"We’ve got to start better, make sure we build on last week’s performance against Gateshead, and continue climbing up the table.”

Perkins could name an unchanged team after reporting no new injury concerns ahead of Sunday’s fixture.

Admission to South Wales Scorpions v Hemel Stags is just £8 for adults, £6 concessions, £5 for students, high school children for £2 and children aged 11 and under for £1. Please go to for more details and to buy advance tickets.


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