Try-machine Hill is eyeing up a strong end to the season for Stags

James Hill in action for Stags against York this season
James Hill in action for Stags against York this season

Hemel Stags moved back into fourth place in the Kingstone Press Championship One table following victory over South Wales Scorpions at the weekend, and central to their prospects of reaching the end of season play-offs is the form of leading try scorer James Hill.

The winger’s try double took his total to eight in the last six matches and 13 for the season, as he closes in on divisional front runners, Oldham RLFC’s Dale Bloomfield who has 17 and Jack Lee of the York City Knights with 16.

The Stags website began by congratulating the engaging Hill on his recent try scoring exploits.

“I didn’t realise those were my stats, I’m happy with those,” said the unassuming Hill.

“I just want to keep scoring and putting myself in positions to do so. Especially at the business end of the season, it’s good to be hitting a little form.

“I hope I can keep it up and challenge the guys who are topping the Championship One try scoring list.”

Hill went onto to explain the importance of picking up three points against the struggling Welshmen.

“I think all the boys were happy to get the win at the weekend,” he said.

“We all knew it was an important game to keep us in the running for a strong playoff position.

“We played well in patches at the weekend, but again the amount of mistakes made it difficult especially in the second half.

“If we can get back to securing the ball and controlling the ruck speed then I think we can challenge anyone in the league.”

The friendly nature of Hemel Stags radiates throughout the club, borne out by the interaction between players and supporters after games – a fact not lost on the likeable Hill.

“If the game is to grow and develop down south I think it’s important that the fans realise how much we as players appreciate their support,” he said.

“We all play for the enjoyment of the game but we also play for the fans and to get a result at the weekend and share it with those fans is a big part of why I play rugby.”

A recent busy spell has seen Hemel travel to Hunslet Hawks, the University of Gloucestershire All Golds and London Skolars in the past five weeks, as well as playing host to York City Knights and South Wales Scorpions, but now the side have a weekend off.

Hill, for one, says he is pleased to have an opportunity to recharge the batteries.

“I’ll definitely enjoy the break this week and will look to enjoy some relaxing time with my mates this weekend,” he added.

“Hopefully I will come back refreshed and raring to go again ahead of a key game against Gateshead Thunder the following weekend.”