Scunthorpe rugby union first team squad get Saturday off as cup tie has to be postponed
Coach Tim Robinson admits he has mixed feelings about Scunthorpe RUFC's forthcoming free weekend.
The Greens, who take a break from National Three Midlands action, had been due to host Stamford in the Lincolnshire Cup, but their opponents' involvement in the RFU Midlands Cup takes precedence, meaning they will instead be without a game.
While Robinson, who will give his senior squad the day off, welcomes such an opportunity to allow the club's walking wounded to further heal, he would love to had the opportunity to build on last week's win against Broadstreet ahead of their game at Hinckley a week on Saturday.
"I'd seen these as two home games that, after the run we'd had, were a chance to hopefully kick on and build our confidence," said the former full-back.
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"On Saturday we got the win we wanted and this week it would have been nice to play a side who were a couple of divisions below us and build some real confidence going into the Hinckley game.
"But that's how it works sometimes. We've just got to train hard over the next two weeks and really have a go at Hinckley.
"Having the break means it was important we got the win last weekend.
"In patches on Saturday we played some really good stuff and showed the level we can play to but because we've had so many tough fixtures, it's hard to build that momentum.
"With a win though you smile for a couple of weeks."
Scunthorpe didn't play the free-flowing rugby their coach usually demands as they picked up a first win in four matches against Broadstreet.
But the way in which their forwards dominated – all of their three tries came via the first three rows – pleased their coach.
"It's important to have that different side to your game, particularly coming in to the wet months," Robinson added.
"Saturday was just all about the win though. It didn't matter how it came about..
"It surprised me to be fair (the fact the Scunthorpe pack was so superior) because Broadstreet have been on a really good run and they do most of their damage up front.
"But we had a team briefing beforehand and I kept the forwards behind after that and explained that they'd made the biggest difference in the second half at Ampthill.
"I wanted more of the same and they came out on top on Saturday and ground it out."