Hemel Stags head coach Troy Perkins has been reflecting on an outstanding team performance that saw the Stags return to winning ways against the University of Gloucestershire All Golds on Sunday.
Hemel had travelled to the south west following successive defeats while the All Golds had registered four league wins in a row, including victories over promotion chasing York City Knights and Hunslet Hawks.
However, a dominant display from the visitors laid the platform for a 22-14 away success.
“I thought it was a terrific win,” said Perkins. “We are up against a quality team who had beaten some of the top teams in the past month.
“They came into the game with plenty of confidence and we knew that we needed to put in a good performance to get the win.
“We had been beaten the past two games and I had spoken to the players about the importance of a win to keep us in a play off position.”
The hard working Australian boss thought Hemel were the better team throughout an entertaining contest, apart from a brief spell just before the break, and was delighted to keep the in-form home side pointless in a tremendous second half display.
“I thought for 70 minutes we were the superior team and it was only a bad ten minute period where we conceded three tries that they managed to get back in the game,” he said.
“Our forwards were outstanding and laid the platform with James Howitt, Dom Maloney and Ryan Chester leading the way. I thought Jy-Mel Coleman and Jermaine Coleman got us around the field well and their kicking game was exceptional.
“Our outside backs also did plenty of good work especially coming out of our own half. Our attitude to defence was pleasing and not conceding any points in the second half was a credit to the players and a reward for the things we are working on in training.”
Evan Simons echoed his manager’s sentiments and the talented hooker was delighted constructive time spent on the training paddock had worked to good effect.
“After working on our wrestle and defence at training all week we had the chance to implement it into a match situation,” said Simons.
“The team really pulled together against the All Golds and for the first 25 minutes we totally dominated the game and it looked like there was only one team in it.
“We gave away a few soft penalties towards the interval that allowed Gloucester an opportunity to pull the score back and they took them, but during half-time we all realised the importance of producing a strong second half performance.”
“The conditions were not great after the break but we managed to keep errors to a minimum. After scoring through Jimmy (Hill) our intention was to keep doing the right things in attack and defence, let the clock tick away and bring home the win which we managed to do effectively.”
Simons concluded by stating the importance of the result had not been lost on the team.
“It was a big result, and it gives us a massive boost going into the derby match against the London Skolars next weekend.”