Stags set to tackle the Broncos

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Hemel Stags continue their preparation for their inaugural Championship 1 campaign with a friendly game against London Broncos U19 on Sunday.

Troy Perkins, Hemel Stags head coach, said: “It’s our first hit out for the season and it’s a great opportunity for me to look at some of the players who have been doing pre-season but who I haven’t seen play much before.

“London Broncos will offer decent opposition as they will be well drilled and very fit.”

A famous former Stag may be returning to Pennine Way for the game, but he will be pulling on a London Broncos jersey instead of the blue and yellow Hemel strip.

Dan Sarginson, en route back from injury, played his junior rugby with the Stags and has gone on to represent the Broncos in the Super League, as well as playing for the England Knights.

Perkins said: “It’s great that Dan will come back to Hemel where he played his junior rugby.

“I think it will also add more interest to the fixture as a lot of Hemel and other London-based rugby league supporters will want to see him play his old club.”

Anybody who attends the game will receive a £5 discount off a season ticket in the matchday programme.

Community manager Tom Williams said: “We want all our regular supporters to be season ticket holders and benefit from the great discounts that can be gained by buying one.

“We are a supporter-owned club and we want our loyal fans to be able to support us in an affordable way.”

Regarding Sunday’s match, he added: “It will be a different experience to the Capital Challenge but it will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Hemel Stags play our first ever pre-season game preparing for our first ever season in the professional ranks of the game.

“Entry is only £6, so come along and watch what is set to be an historic match of rugby league.”