UNDERBANK Rangers coach Richard Knight wants his team to bounce straight back from last week’s reverse at Bramley Buffaloes when his side entertain Warrington Wizards in the Co-operative National Conference tomorrow (2.30).
The Holmfirth-based club have made an excellent start to the season with home victories over second-placed Hemel Stags and Carlisle Centurions.
But Rangers narrowly lost a nail-biter by two points to the competition’s early-season leaders Bramley, but earned a bonus point in defeat to remain third in the table.
And after analysing the Bramley game this week Knight reflected: “We know we need to complete our sets at a much higher level if we are going to compete consistently throughout the season.
“With a low completion rate, and with a 19-11 penalty count against us, we gave ourselves far too much defensive work to do, but at the same time the final result shows how good our defence was.
“We had worked all week on our defensive technique and structure so from a coach’s point of view it was great to see the defensive performance from the team.
“In the first quarter we had a lot of pressure on the Bramley try line that should have been turned into points.
“This was not the case and the missed chances cost us the game. Several players in particular had massive games for us, with skipper for the day Tom Senior leading from the front with a fantastic man-of-the-match performance.”
As for tomorrow’s eagerly-anticipated tussle with Warrington, Knight remains in no doubt that his side have more than enough to beat the Wizards at The Cross.
“Looking at the results over the past few weeks it should be a good time to play the Wizards,” he continued.
“They have lost their last two games heavily to Nottingham and Liverpool, and so confidence in their camp should be low.
“Warrington have a number of players injured, but they have been one of the best and most consistent sides in the competition for a number of years now and we can’t take anything for granted. They will start winning games soon.
“On the other hand, our guys will take a lot out of last week and build on that game for the next few weeks.
“We have worked very hard this week on certain aspects of our game and we are looking to put a few wrongs right.
“We want to make Underbank a really hard place to come and play, and we want to look to pick up maximum points at home all season, starting this weekend.
“It should be a great game and we hope one where we’ll pick up three points.”
Three-quarters Will Midgley and Richard Aka miss this weekend’s clash, but Darren Hawkyard and Matt Lodge are both available.
Other than that coach Knight reported a clean bill of health for his camp and he will have a strong squad available for the clash.