Hemel Stags target All Golds victory

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Hemel Stags will be hoping to bounce back from defeat as they prepare for their third game in eight days.

Hemel lost at Wakefield on Saturday and against North Wales Crusaders on Tuesday, but coach Troy Perkins remains upbeat.

He said: “We produced a pretty good performance against the Crusaders and some of our fringe players really put their hands up.”

And Perkins believes a big effort from his forwards could prove key to overcoming the Gloucestershire All Golds on Sunday.

He said: “They’re a pretty enthusiastic team, but they’re quite young and they aren’t the biggest. Hopefully we can get over the top of them in the pack and set ourselves up for a good result.

“We targeted the games against the other new teams in the competition as games we really wanted to win.”

All Golds coach Brad Hepi said: “It’ll be a difficult test. However, we competed against quality opposition (Salford) for 20 minutes and that should give us confidence.

“The question now is can we turn that into a full 80-minute performance? If we do then I’ll be very happy.”