Street show they’re up for survival fight
‘GETTING the mentality right’ proved to be Broadstreet’s key to victory over Worthing to keep their slim hopes of survival alive.
With six games remaining, Street are still 13 points adrift of safety and look destined for an immediate return to level-five rugby next season after their promotion-winning 2016/17 campaign.
But Paul Hurst’s side are clearly going to make a fight of it as they claimed a surprise 24-7 win over mid-table Worthing courtesy of a brace of scores from Morgan Dawes, sandwiched by tries from Luke Truslove and George Walsh. “It was a whole-team performance,” said director of rugby Hurst. “I cannot single any one player out. The forwards dominated things for us and the backs were allowed a platform off the back of that. “There is a structure and a game plan we want the lads to play to and it showed on Saturday that if we stick to it, it will get us results.” Hurst hasn’t given up hope of survival, but knows the odds are against his side. “I said before the game that it’s a long shot for us to stay up,” said Hurst. “But that win has really pulled everyone together. It’s pretty much the same group of players as we’ve had in recent weeks.
“If you get the mentality right, you can achieve big things in rugby. Look at the Six Nations, on paper England are better than Scotland but Scotland wanted it more and look how that ended up.
“Getting things right mentally makes such a huge difference. That’s something Ashley Johnson, from Wasps, who has been coaching our forwards, has tried to instil in us.
“The challenge for now us, is, to back that up. We need to go to Tonbridge Juddians on Saturday and back it up with another win.
“We haven’t managed back-to-back wins all season and that would be massive for us.
“I will do everything in my power to help keep us up and then it’s in other people’s hands what happens for next season.”