Stags aiming to teach the Skolars a lesson

Chris Melling scored twice forStags in their last game against South Wales Scorpions
Chris Melling scored twice forStags in their last game against South Wales Scorpions

Hemel Stags will be looking to get revenge over London Skolars when the sides meet in their Championship 1 season opener tomorrow.

The Skolars picked up a win over Stags in the Northern Rail Cup earlier this month as the London side maintained a 100 per cent record in the competition.

However, Stags coach Troy Perkins is confident his side can cause an upset and pick up a win.

“We know a fair bit about the Skolars, especially with having Jermaine Coleman as our assistant coach,” he said.

“They’ve got a big pack with loads of experience, and some skilful outside backs as well.

“However, our next four or five games can really set us up for the rest of the season. There are some winnable games among them.”

Chad Sharpe should be fit for the trip to London, as Stags make their first appearance in Championship 1.

London Skolars coach Joe Mbu, meanwhile, could name an unchanged side as he chases a fourth win in as many games at the start of the season.

Mbu said: “I don’t tend to over-think too much about the opposition – I tend to focus on what we need to do and how we need to approach the game.

“Our aim is always to be better than the last game we played. That’s my approach.

“It’s been a great start for us, but we’re not running away with ourselves. There’s a long way to go yet and a lot of hard work to be done.”

Tomorrow’s game kicks-off at 3pm at the New River Stadium.