Scunthorpe Rugby Union Club coach preparing for a tough two weeks at Heslam Park
Coach Tim Robinson is willing to sacrifice points for performances as his side prepare for two tough matches at Heslam Park.
The Greens host Longton and South Leicester on successive Saturdays – the two sides that finished fourth and third in National Three Midlands last term and who will have similar ambitions this time around.
On the back of a 34-0 defeat at relegated Nuneaton last weekend, it is a tricky schedule for Scunthorpe and their coach, who admits he has fears that confidence may have taken a knock as a result of their first loss of the campaign.
But against a side Robinson thinks are the best the Greens have faced at Level Five, he will take plenty of positives into their next match.
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"It's very early to say it, but Nuneaton were the best side we've played at this level since we've been here," he claimed.
"I would even say they were better than Rugby Lions last year.
"They maybe didn't have a Ben Gollings, who could turn the game on a sixpence, but across the board, as a set side, they were another level above.
"It made for a very tough afternoon – but I was very proud of how we played.
"Our own structures of attack and defence, particularly defence, were outstanding. Our first-up tackles were excellent.
"But once they got two scores up, some of their play and offload was excellent to watch. Sometimes you have to take your hat off and say the other side played some great rugby."
Longton were turned over by Nuneaton on the opening day of the campaign, but bounced back with a 31-24 success against South Leicester.
With the potential to pick up two bonus points even if they lose, Robinson says there is plenty to play for even if things don't go all the Greens' way.
"The next two weeks are going to be a real test," he added.
"We have to show the same sort of performance we did last week and try to get a little more out of the game at home.
"This time last year we went away to Longton and South Leicester and produced two really good performances which were the stepping stone to then go six unbeaten.
"We've got to look for a similar sort of thing for the next two weeks."