Underbank coach Richard Knight wants his side to show hosts Peterlee Pumas no mercy when they do battle in tomorrow’s National Conference League Third Division clash.
While the men from Holmfith rediscovered their top form with last week’s 83-6 15-try thrashing of Heworth to remain third in the table, the Pumas continue to languish at the bottom with 12 straight defeats.
During that time, Peterlee have scored a paltry 82 points and conceded a massive 734.
But with big games against fellow top teams Coventry Bears, Featherstone Lions, Woolston and Crosfields on the horizon, Knight knows how important it is to back up their impressive triumph over Heworth with another big display at Peterlee to make sure they build on their new-found momentum.
“After a patchy month, we really put things right last weekend,” said Knight.
“We fielded our best 17 for quite a while, our completion rate was high and our penalty count was low, and that meant we were able to put a team to bed.
“That was a great feeling and helped a lot of the self-belief in the team return, because some of that had been lost during our disappointing recent spell.
“So the key now is to build on what we did against Heworth and do a similar job on Peterlee.
“We can’t go into that game feeling any sympathy for them, we’ve got to be as ruthless as we can be and keep building our momentum so we’re in the best possible shape for the big games we’ve still got to play.”
Underbank are, however, forced to make a number of changes to the side that destroyed Heworth.
Among those missing are in-form prop Dan Farrand, who has suffered a broken wrist and could be sidelined for the rest of the season, and full-back Tom Eidson with a knee injury.
Several other players are also unavailable due to prior commitments.
But with the likes of Dan Pawson and Michael Murphy ready to slot back in, Knight knows he’s still got a squad capable of destroying the Pumas.
“This weekend is a good opportunity for some of those who missed out last week to stake a fresh claim,” added Knight.
“But it’s obviously unfortunate when you lose players to injury, especially when they’re playing so well.
“That’s certainly the case with Dan, who’s been one of our best players for a while now. It’s a really disappointing way for his season to end.”
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