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Motivation not a problem for Supermarine
SUPERMARINE coach Sean Millwaters has insisted motivating his players will not be a problem even though they are facing bottom side Pewsey Vale this weekend.
While Marine are riding high in third in Dorset & Wilts 1 North this season, tomorrow’s opponents sit rock-bottom without a win to their name from six matches.
Pewsey have also conceded more than 60 points in each of their last two matches, which were away from home, but Millwaters is convinced the fact Marine are the away team tomorrow means his side will have no trouble staying focused.
“The thing with Pewsey is that they are strong at home and not as strong on the road, and if you look at their home results they have been a lot closer,” he said.
“They have some Fijian lads who only play home games, which may have something to do with it, so we know it’s going to be a tough game.
“For that reason it shouldn’t be too hard to mentally prepare the lads for this, and we’re on a roll and developing a winning mentality.
“We take it one game at a time and focus on Pewsey and then when that game is out of the way we will look to the next one.”
The biggest blot in Marine’s copybook this season came when they crashed 38-5 at home to Minety, and Millwaters has insisted on his side that a repeat of that performance would be unacceptable.
“The conversation is all based on Pewsey and we don’t go further than that and we have to maintain what we’re doing,” he said.
“We weren’t good at all at Minety and we need to make sure we don’t have another game like that one in a hurry.
“We lost that game in the first 20 minutes and then we were playing catch-up so that’s going to be the key, not replicating that 20 minutes.”
- SWINDON College Old Boys will be relying on the knowledge of their two coaches when they face Aylesbury this weekend.
Old Boys have struggled since their promotion to Southern Counties rugby and are without a victory in the league this season against unfamiliar teams they have often never played before.
But in coaches Alex Hill and Mac McHugh, who have played and coached in the division with Trowbridge, the club possess two men with knowledge of the division which chairman Martin Peaple is keen to tap into.
“We’ve never played them at all, but, especially at home, we are capable of beating any team in this league,” he said.
“We’re lucky in that two of our coaches, Alex Hill and Mac McHugh, both used to be at Trowbridge and have seen and played against most teams at this level and they know what’s going on.
“We rely on them a bit to prepare us and how to play the games, and they’ve done a pretty good job so far.
“So far we’ve been there or thereabouts in games and it’s been okay to be fair, and we have the guts and determination.
“That’s all we can do and we have to keep it up we will carry one working hard.”
Peaple insisted the spirit within the club remains high despite their difficult start.
“Nobody likes to lose and we are disappointed but we can’t dwell on defeat and we quickly get back to training. We’re doing a bit of a team bonding thing in a couple of weeks with a karting day and things like that because it’s important to bond together.
“We are a rugby club and that is the biggest part of the club but we are also a social club and like to have a couple of drinks and enjoy each others’ company.”
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