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All hands on deck for Saints
Southampton RFC are hoping some key players have put their summer holidays behind them and are ready to join what looks like being a long, tough season.
Saints got a bit too close to the Hampshire 1 relegation zone at the end of last season and have not made a brilliant start to this campaign – being walloped 94-0 at home by Fordingbri-dge.
Much of the reason for that result has been put down to ‘unfamiliarity’ as Saints struggled to get a side together for pre-season friendlies.
But former captain and Southampton stalwart Dave Ward believes things can change – if more players turn up for training.
“We need to make more of an effort,” said Ward. “I hope this result is going to do that because people have been slow to come back after the summer break.
“It’s annoying because we have a core of players who are there every week. The big problem is unfamiliarity but we have a few players coming back this week.”
Southampton face another hard game tomorrow. They travel the short distance to rivals Millbrook who were narrowly beaten by US Portsmouth last Saturday.
“It’s never easy against Millbrook. They will see that scoreline and think they can have a go,” said Ward. “We have to look at it and give ourselves a kick up the backside and improve.
“I hope our team take this as a challenge rather than an obstacle.”
Fawley, meanwhile, got off to a flying start in Snows Group Hampshire 2 with a 61-5 victory at Stoneham.
The Waterside team are likely to have a tougher time but field a strong side at home to Lymington who lost their opening home game to Chineham.
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