SHERBORNE RFC are hoping to continue their unbeaten home record when they host Corsham this weekend.
The Dorset side have enjoyed a week off, allowing the team to freshen up ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Wiltshire side.
Head of Senior Rugby James Gower hopes his side can move on from their defeat against Wells – as players try to cement their place in the big Christmas derby with North Dorset RFC.
“We were disappointed with the Wells result in that we had four good chances to score and couldn’t take them,” explained Gower. “It was frustrating, but we’re really looking forward to Saturday’s game with Corsham.
“It’s already getting tough to pick a team with a lot of the boys already home from university. Everyone wants to be involved in the North Dorset game – so I guess a lot of the guys who start against Corsham will want to impress and keep their place in the team.
“The success of the second team is also brilliant – as it’s putting that pressure on the first team to keep up the intensity.”
Sherborne’s second team got back on track with a 13-12 win over Dorset and Wilts One leaders Oakmedians on Saturday – claiming their ninth win of the season.
The first team have won four out of their last five games in Southern Counties South – and remain unbeaten at home.
Sherborne won’t be taking Corsham for granted – despite the Wiltshire side only winning once on the road so far this season - and the Dorset side claiming a 26-8 win when the teams met in September.
“Although they don’t tend to travel well, we know they are extremely strong and huge up front” added Gower.
“They can sometimes call on the Bath University guys and they are physically very tough. We will expect to have the advantage with our back lines – so we need to compete with their pack.
“You have to try winning all your homes games, so anything you can take on the road is a bonus. We’ve only lost away to the top sides in the league, but we’re confident at home.”
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