Hemel Stags coach Troy Perkins is likely to make a couple of changes to his line-up against South Wales Scorpions on Sunday in an attempt to give most of his squad some early-season game time.
Perkins is pleased by the Stags’ start to life in the semi-professional ranks, despite last week’s 26-4 defeat at London Skolars.
He said: “We muscled up pretty well in the forwards, and while we probably had a bit of naivety with the ball in hand and lacked that bit of experience on how to get across the line, it was encouraging overall.
“If we can put in a similar performance against the Scorpions, and maybe construct a few more tries, then we’re pretty confident we can give them a game.”
South Wales Scorpions coach Dave Clark added: “I’ve read that Hemel are quite physical and a big side, so I’m expecting the same kind of challenge that we had from London Skolars in the first week.
“Hopefully we’ve learnt from that experience and can handle those bigger bodies a lot better.”
Sunday’s game kicks-off at Pennine Way at 3pm.
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