Stags coach Perkins full of praise after ‘fantastic effort’ against Oldham

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Hemel Stags coach Troy Perkins has hailed his side’s phenomenal performance to defeat third-placed Oldham RLFC at the weekend.

The win sees the Stags remain in fourth place in Kingstone Press Championship 1 as they look to finish in the top five and secure an end of season play-off place.

Perkins was delighted with all of those who took part in an outstanding victory.

“It was a fantastic effort from the whole team and I am very proud of all seventeen players,” said Perkins.

“We spoke about our forwards having to front up and match the big pack of Oldham and we certainly did that.

“Our experienced props such as James Howitt, Dom Maloney and Dan Ljazouli led the way and were well supported by the young lads that come off the bench including Ryan Chester and Romain Navarette.

“They laid a solid platform and this enabled Jy-Mel Coleman to play off the back and we scored some quality tries.

“It was great to get the win against a team sitting above us in the table and now we need to prepare well this week as we take on the competition leaders, Hunslet Hawks.”

Meanwhile, Stags forward Eddie M’Baraga also spoke to the club’s official website after playing his part in the win over Oldham.

The outstanding forward impressed in a pulsating game that saw the lead change hands five times, four of them during an amazing ten-minute spell in the second half.

“It was a great team performance and it was good to see us stick together when things got tough, and even kick on after getting through everything Oldham threw at us. This must rank as one of the best results in the club’s history.”

M’Baraga went on to express this thanks to the club’s loyal band of supporters, and said they helped to make the difference.

“I hope it was as enjoyable for the fans to watch as it was for us to play in. The support at the club, although small, is always great and we feed off it and yesterday was another great example of it.

“When we were down or Oldham RLFC were clawing their way back, the crowd lifted and so did the players.

“All 17 players gave their all today and the sore bodies tomorrow will be testament to that.”

The effervescent M’Baraga concluded by stating he believes the team are set for a good second half of the season.

“The boys are starting to gel and realise there is something special going on at Hemel and we have no fear or trepidation when we play anyone,” he said.

“We honestly believe if we play our game we are a match for anyone, and I hope to see as many of you as possible in Yorkshire next Sunday when we travel to face the leaders, Hunslet Hawks.”