Perkins slams ‘unacceptable’ Stags performance in defeat to the Skolars

Hemel Stags club crest
Hemel Stags club crest

Hemel Stags head coach Troy Perkins has given an honest assessment of his team’s display in the aftermath of Sunday’s loss to London Skolars.

The game started so well for Hemel, and the Stags had looked set fair for victory when leading 10-0 early on and 14-4 after half an hour.

But a concession of five further tries to the hosts in a poor 20 minute spell either side of half-time changed the complexion of the game entirely, leaving the ultra professional Perkins clearly upset,

“I am very disappointed in the result and feel our performance was unacceptable. We started well and controlled the game for the first twenty minutes and scored some nice tries.

“We then switched off and made some basic handling errors early in the tackle count which gave Skolars some decent field position and off the back of that they scored six tries. From leading 10-0 and playing well to being down 32-14 within a twenty minute period is very frustrating.

“We showed plenty of character to fight back in the second half where we played some good rugby, and I feel we still had enough opportunities to win the game but our handling let us down at crucial times.”

The affable Australian is concerned a worrying the trend of switching off in games is becoming an all too familiar habit, as he attempts to plot a path to the end of season play-offs for his team.

“The concerning thing is that the same thing has happened in the past few games where we have played well for long periods against quality opposition,” he said.

“However we then go through a period where we are quite poor and are conceding too many tries and we need to address this part of our game and start playing for the full 80 minutes.”

Perkins concluded by saying the team will be looking to work hard in midweek to address the issue ahead of the upcoming clash against the South Wales Scorpions at the weekend.

“There are plenty of things to work on this week at training and we will be looking at putting things right against South Wales Scorpions on Sunday,” he said.

Despite the defeat, Stags’ leading try scorer James Hill has been selected in the Kingstone Press Championship One Team of the week following his outstanding performance.

The talented winger enhanced a growing reputation in the game by bagging a brace in the match to take his tally for the season to 11, and defensively remained secure under the high ball and calm on his own line throughout