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Mitch wary of banana skins
2:00pm Thursday 7th March 2013 in Stourbridge RFC
NEIL Mitchell admits all seven remaining games are potential banana skins for title-chasing Stourbridge RFC.
The Saxons got back to winning ways with a much-improved display at home to Hull last Saturday, running in eight tries en route to a 48-15 victory which maintained their 11-point lead over second-placed Hull Ionians in National Two North.
Trips to Ionians and third-placed Darlington Mowden Park remain on the schedule for the table-topper, though when asked about this Saturday’s visit of Leicester Lions, director of rugy Mitchell explained no game can be taken lightly.
He said: “If you look at the remaining games every one is a potential banana skin.
“The trips to Ionians and Darlington I’m only too aware of.
“But there are are dangers in every game.
“Every team is well aware of the league positions and we are most definitely a scalp.
“But it’s the same for Ionians too.
“They are playing every week up until May and only have three home games left.
“One is against us and they also host Darlington too.
“I’d still rather be in our position than theirs.”
After last month’s shock defeat at Otley, Mitchell was keen Stour got back to the “bullying” rugby which saw them win their opening 18 games.
In that respect he was delighted with the performance against Hull.
Stour dominated the game from the moment Tom Jarvis crossed for the first try on four minutes.
Mitchell said: “Everything went pretty much to script.
“It was disappointing to concede a couple of soft tries near the end.
“They were so soft there was barely any reaction.
“We should have won by more. We were very much back to the style of rugby which has got us where we are in the league.
“I think the early try helped. Once you score first you start to put the opposition under pressure and you can see the confidence rise in the players.”