Scunthorpe rugby head coach wants side to make use of width
HEAD coach Tim Robinson hopes a change in venue can lead to a change in results for Scunthorpe Rugby Union Club.
The Greens play Broadstreet on Saturday in a game which has been moved to Webb Ellis Road, the home of Rugby Lions, so the Coventry club can host the Daily Mail Cup.
It is a ground which doesn't hold particularly pleasant memories for Scunthorpe, having been thumped 67-5 there last season by the Lions.
But against different opposition, Robinson says the wide pitch may just work in their favour.
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"It could work for us really, it takes Broadstreet away from their own facilities and the things they're used to," he said.
"It's a neutral venue in that regard. It probably suits us more than them.
"The pitch at Rugby Lions is very wide.
"We found that last year, although we probably didn't want it to be as wide then.
"They (Rugby) exploited it. It will be similar for us on Saturday.
"Broadstreet like to play a tight game, whereas we like to play a wider, expansive game.
"They've been in the league the last three years and we've had some good games against them.
"We beat them at our place earlier in the season and last year we did the double over them.
"We know their strengths and areas to target."
Although they make the trip on the back of an eighth straight defeat, Robinson insists Scunthorpe go there with confidence.
His side held their own for almost an hour against second-placed Ampthill at Heslam Park last week.
A late collapse saw the score finish 43-14 to the visitors, though that failed to reflect a spirited performance from the Greens.
They may be 15 points adrift of Syston in the bottom three, but Robinson believes there is still hope of a survival miracle.
"It was the light at the end of the tunnel," he said of Saturday's display.
"If we perform like that we can certainly pick up points.
"If we repeat the first 50 minutes of Saturday in the remaining games, we could come close to staying up.
"We looked like the side we can be, which was nice to see.
"I always knew the potential was there and we showed that on Saturday.
"It gives us some momentum going into the Broadstreet game.
"If we can bottle up the first 50 minutes and play like that in the last five games, that will give us a chance.
"It's more than do-able. We'll just take one game at a time and give it everything we've got.
"We'll have a look at the DVD of Saturday and show the players where they performed well and certain areas they can improve a little bit."