SWINDON St George head coach Ben Whincup says his side must overcome their bogey team Somerset Vikings this weekend in the Super Fives.

The Vikings have been a thorn in the side of St George throughout 2018, as they remain the only team not to lose to Whincup’s troops this season.

St George go into the game fresh from a two-week break, and Whincup says it is crucial his side stick to their gameplan if they are to come away with a victory.

“They’ve been tricky for us this season. We lost to them away in regular season by 10 points and drew with them back at our place," said Whincup.

“They’ve got some exceptional players who are more than capable of making the difference on the day.

“There has been one player in particular who we have had trouble controlling in the last two fixtures.

“We’ve been working hard at training to rectify it. We haven’t been sticking to the gameplan for the majority of the season so we need to do that and then we can get back to our best.

“It is massively important that we get the win this weekend.

“We have three games left this season. We have Somerset, then Oxford and then Gloucester.

“Ideally, we need to win two of them to make sure we finish in the highest position possible for the finals.

“The good thing is the break has served us well so we will be taking a full squad down with us.

“Obviously, we have a few who are still out that we would have liked to play, but I’m not worried about any of the players who are coming with us.

“I think we have a very strong and stable 20-man squad for the game.

“When we went to Somerset last time, we only had 16, and that is what took the game away from us.”

The game will also be a first for new skipper Jamie Deal, following Connor Tomely's decision to step down.

Tomley opted to relinquish his responsibilities in order to recover from injury, something which has plagued the club this season.

Deal has been handed the armband and Whincup believes he is the right man for the job.

“Most weeks we have been able to name a fit team of 13 and then a separate team of 13 injured players,” added Whincup.

“That has been a nightmare for us this year.

“Connor stepped down because of his own injuries. He’s not been able to do much on the field.

“He thought the best thing to do would be to step down, so he did that.

“We’ve named Jamie Deal as the captain for the rest of the season. He has been one of our shining lights this year.

“He’s come on really well and he is definitely the right person to take control of the squad and make those on-field decisions.”