Scunthorpe RUFC target a first away win in almost a year
Scunthorpe RUFC are targeting a first away win in almost a year when they resume their National Three Midlands campaign at Hinckley on Saturday.
The Greens have lost all of their four matches on their travels in 2012-13 – scoring just 36 points in the process – and you have to go back to December 3, 2011 to find their last victory on the road, a 26-22 success at Hereford.
Coach Tim Robinson says he will not sacrifice his side's expansive, open game to try to pick up more points away from Heslam Park.
He is confident the Greens have enough quality, particularly among their backs, to improve their fortunes.
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"We're very good on the counter – we've probably got one of the best back threes in the league," said Robinson, who welcomes back centre Steve Parker from a one-match suspension.
"You've got to utilise where your strengths are and away from home, you don't get as much possession as the home side does.
"The possession you do get, you've got to keep for longer periods and if you do that, there's a chance you will score points.
"That's been my concern over the last three or four games away from home, that we've coughed up possession far too cheaply.
"That means you're on the defensive then for a lot of the game.
"We've got to make sure we're clinical around the breakdown and keep playing in the same manner, because that's where our tries come from. That's how we've got to play."
"Away from home, particularly against the top sides, you're looking to get anything you can out of a game - be it a performance or a losing bonus.
"But you've got to target some games and this game against Hinckley on Saturday is one that we will target to try to get something out of."
Hinckley were one of the favourites to challenge for top spot in National Three Midlands following a bid recruitment drive during the summer.
Instead though they go into the game against the Greens in seventh place, six points ahead of their weekend visitors.
"They've had a very tough start but they signed heavily in the summer and a lot of people were expecting them to be higher than they are at the moment," Robinson explained.
"It's going to be a really tough game, but if we can be as clinical as we were around the breakdown against Broadstreet (a 27-20 victory in their last match before a one-week break), particularly in attack, that will encourage our attacking play."