Preview: Perkins demands more from the Stags against struggling Scorpions

Hemel Stags club crest
Hemel Stags club crest

Hemel Stags head coach Troy Perkins has issued a warning to his players ahead of Sunday’s clash with South Wales Scorpions.

Hemel were guilty of surrendering a first half lead in their defeat at lowly London Skolars last weekend, and the combative Australian wants no repeat this Sunday.

“We know we’ve got to put in an 80-minute performance, and we haven’t done that over the last few weeks,” said Perkins. “We all know we need to be better.”

Perkins is aware the Welsh side have only one victory in 2014.

“They’ll be looking to get their second win of the season and they’ve got nothing to lose,” he added. “They never give in and they keep coming at you.

“There’s no pressure on them. They throw the ball about and back themselves. I’m sure they’ll pick up another win by the end of the season, but hopefully not this week.”

Scorpions coach, Mike Grady meanwhile is demanding a response after last week’s 74-0 defeat against Hunslet Hawks.

Grady said: “It wasn’t acceptable. There have only been two or three games this year that I haven’t been happy with, but that was one of them.

“The players realised as a group that it wasn’t acceptable and they know they need a reaction this week. We’ve been in three times this week trying to put things right.”

Matt Cook is Stags’ only doubt ahead of Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship One clash, while Neil Dallimore returns for South Wales, who have a slight concern over hooker Connor Farrer.

Hemel’s 19-man squad for the game is:

1. James Cameron

2. Jimmy Morgan

3. Michael Brown

4. Matt Cook

5. James Hill

6. Jermaine Coleman

7. Jy-Mel Coleman

8. Dom Maloney

9. Matthew Tebb

10. James Howitt

11. BJ Swindells

12. Cieran Clement-Pascall

13. Alex Ingerfield

14. Ryan Chester

15. Malakhi Lloyd-Jones

16. Evan Simons

17. Dan Ljizouli

18. Miles McLeod

19. Guy Aldam