Hemel Stags look to sting the Scorpions

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Hemel Stags coach Troy Perkins hopes to be picking from a full-strength squad for Sunday’s showdown with South Wales Scorpions – but Mike Bishay looks set to be unavailable after being named in London Broncos’ match-day squad.

Perkins said: “The week off has done us the world of good. We had a fair few players missing against Oldham, but most people are now back and near enough 100 per cent fit.

“This is a pretty important game to us. We’ve lost two on the trot and we need to get back to winning ways.”

He added: “South Wales are reasonably similar to us. We lost by two points when we faced them in March, and the difference that day was James Tutuila – he’s a handful when he carries the ball.”

Scorpions coach Dave Clark, meanwhile, has a half-back crisis – with both Kristian Hawkes and Courtney Davies struggling to be fit.

But Clark is still expecting an open clash between two sides determined to play attractive rugby.

Clark said: “We’ll see a lot of running rugby from both sides and as Hemel are one position above us in the league right now, so we know we’ll have to be on our guard.”