Preview: Hemel Stags ready to rumble with Newcastle Thunder

Hemel Stags delivered a battling performance to see off the Scorpions. Picture (c) Kevin Read

Hemel Stags delivered a battling performance to see off the Scorpions. Picture (c) Kevin Read

0
Have your say

Hemel Stags are aiming to make it back-to-back League 1 victories when they welcome Newcastle Thunder to Pennine Way on Sunday.

Stags coach Troy Perkins was pleased with his side’s victory over South Wales Scorpions last week, and he is hoping for more of the same against Newcastle.

“It was an improvement on the previous week,” he said. “South Wales battled hard and threw a lot at us.

“Defensively I thought we were pretty good in only conceding one try. We probably could have scored a few more points.

“We’ve got to keep improving and this week will be a bigger challenge against Newcastle.

“They’re one of the front runners and we know it’s going to be tough; they’ve got a big pack and a couple of smart halves and some pace out wide. We need to muscle-up up front and then build on that.”

Hemel Stags delivered a battling performance to see off the Scorpions. Picture (c) Kevin Read

Hemel Stags delivered a battling performance to see off the Scorpions. Picture (c) Kevin Read

Meanwhile, Thunder coach Stanley Gene said: “We’re not playing well at the moment but we’re winning games. Hemel are good on their own field, they know how to play there.

“We’re looking for a complete performance to try and get the points. Last year we struggled against them down there. We know they are a tough side so we’ll be up for it.”

Newcastle are likely to be without prop Mark Mexico who has a hamstring injury, and centre Jason Tali who picked up a leg injury.

> A minute’s silence will observed before every rugby league match across all competitions and age groups this weekend in memory of Danny Jones.

We’ve got to keep improving and this week will be a bigger challenge against Newcastle.

Hemel Stags coach Troy Perkins

The 29-year-old Keighley Cougars player died from a suspected cardiac arrest after being taken ill during a League 1 fixture at London Skolars last Sunday.

A Just Giving page set up by the RFL Benevolent Fund to raise funds for Danny’s wife Liz and their five-month-old twins Phoebe and Bobby has already received donations of almost £70,000.

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood said: “It’s at times like these that the whole rugby league family comes together and the sum already raised for Danny’s family is evidence of the sense of loss we all share.

“Every penny of the money donated through the Just Giving page will go to Liz Jones and her children and it would be terrific if we were able to reach our goal of raising £100,000 to help provide financial stability for the family.

“I am sure that the minute’s silences at this weekend’s fixtures will be impeccably observed as the sport pays its respects to a young man who will be sadly missed by all who knew him.”

To make a donation please visit www.justgiving.com/dannyjones29