Street show they’re up for sur­vival fight

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

‘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.”

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