Mitchell wants big score against Bromsgrove

Stourbridge News: Hull secure lineout ball on the Stourbridge 22. Photo: Annette Sandy. Hull secure lineout ball on the Stourbridge 22. Photo: Annette Sandy.

NEIL Mitchell thinks a big score is required against Bromsgrove to give Stourbridge the best chance of promotion success.

The director of rugby at Stourton Park wants his players to make up for letting Hull RUFC get so close to them in last Saturday's 38-29 away victory.

Despite racing into a 26-5 lead, Stourbridge took their foot off the gas to let a spirited Hull side get within two points of them until a late Stef Shillingford try secured the win.

It is a score that enabled current league leaders Macclesfield to close the points differential between the sides.

Mitchell wants his team to put that right by running in a big score against already relegated Bromsgrove this Saturday.

He said: "We will be talking about what happened and I will be making the players watch a video of the Hull game. They seemed to take their eye off the job and we need to make sure that doesn't happen again.

"As it stands, we could take 10 points from our last two games and still finish third because of the points differential. We now have a chance put it right by putting up a big score against Bromsgrove."

Their rivals in the promotion hunt, Macclesfield and Darlington Mowden Park, will both be on the road this weekend as they travel to Preston Grasshoppers and Luctonians respectively.

Darlington will then play their game in hand against Sheffield Tigers on April 19 before welcoming Macclesfield for an end-of-season crunch clash on the same day Stour go to Harrogate on April 26.

"At the moment anything is possible. We could win our last two games and come first, second or third," added Mitchell. "We just need to do our job and see where it takes us. Our rivals have not got easy games so we just need to keep the pressure on."

After the loss of Sione Tu'ipuloyu and Ben Hughes with a sickness bug last weekend, the players will each be given their own water bottle against Bromsgrove to prevent illness spreading amongst the squad.

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