Game at South Leicester is tough start to new year for Scunthorpe Rugby Union Club
COACH Tim Robinson says Scunthorpe Rugby Union Club will have to be at their best with the ball if they are to have any chance of picking up points in their first match of 2013.
The fixture computer has handed the Greens a tough start to the New Year as they travel to third-placed South Leicester on Saturday, a side very much in the promotion hunt.
South Leicester have won seven of their eight matches at their Welford Road ground this season, losing only to top-of-the-table Ampthill in September.
And given they have a reputation as being one of the most physically powerful sides in National Three Midlands, Robinson knows Scunthorpe must be savvy and make best use of possession when they have it.
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"It's not the easiest place to go to anyway, but with them sat in third place at the moment, pushing for a promotion spot, it's not the best of starts to the year," he acknowledged.
"But we've trained quite a lot over Christmas with that in mind, so we'll go there and try to give the best performance we can.
"We put together a very good performance at Longton (in a 29-23 loss just before Christmas) and should have come away with a win really.
"We stopped a lot of their play and when we got the ball we looked after it okay and got points on the board. We have to do the same again.
"They've got massive set of forwards and very direct backs. We can't get into a slug-fest against them and let them control possession because if we do that, they'll win comfortably.
"I'm hoping South Leicester will all have enjoyed their Christmas a bit too much!"