Spring is back in Greens' step says Scunthorpe rugby union coach
IT MAY not be obvious on the back of a week of snow flurries and freezing temperatures, but evidence of spring can be found at Heslam Park.
Coach Tim Robinson says Scunthorpe RUFC will go into their final fixtures of the season with a spring in their step after ending a run of nine successive defeats with a victory at Broadstreet last weekend.
The Greens still remain overwhelming favourites to fill the third relegation spot in National Three Midlands given they are 13 points from safety with just four games to play.
But despite learning in the dressing room a matter of minutes after their 39-36 success in the West Midlands that their main rivals for the drop, Syston, had beaten Newport, Robinson says he believes his side are enjoying a shift in momentum.
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He told the Telegraph: "We were all buoyed after the game and then we got the Syston result and had seen they had picked up four points and that Longton had picked up a point at Hinckley.
"It was frustrating, but it didn't temper the mood and I said to the players that it shouldn't either.
"Yes it's disappointing Syston won because if they hadn't our result would have closed the gap and made it more possible that we could get ourselves out of the predicament we are in.
"But the lads had to enjoy it for what they'd done, which was work hard and deserve a victory.
"What Syston do is obviously not irrelevant, but for what we are trying to build, we just have to blend that out.
"From the next four games, hopefully we can get 15 or 20 points. That's what we've got to target."
The Greens' next game is at home to Hinckley on Saturday week and they complete their campaign with games at Bournville (A) and against bottom two Mansfield and Derby.
Syston, meanwhile, meet runaway title hopefuls Sutton Coldfield and Ampthill and also have to play South Leicester before they sign off at Broadstreet.
Survival remains a tall order. No-one at Heslam Park is under any illusion about that.
But the fact Scunthorpe claimed a much-needed try bonus point at Broadstreet – scoring six tries for only the second time all season – at least suggests they have the potential to put pressure on their rivals.
"We know from the games we've got left we've got to score four tries to get the try bonus every week because we need as many points as we can get," Robinson explained.
"To do that we have to open the game up and that showed on Saturday.
"The way we played at Broadstreet showed we can score a lot of tries and if we get the four we're definitely in a strong position to win games.
"The tries we scored last weekend came about because we seemed to open them up through our movement and angles of our runs, something we haven't had for the past couple of months.
"We let Broadstreet back into the game a couple of times and didn't put the game to bed, but after nine on the bounce when you haven't won a game it's always going to be like that."