GOSPORT & FAREHAM head coach Neil McRoberts is looking for his players to ‘do themselves justice’ at high-flying Basingstoke in London south one tomorrow (3pm).
The Gosport Park side suffered a disappointing 65-24 loss to Sutton & Epsom last weekend and were left in no doubt as to McRoberts’ feelings on the performance.
But the below-par visitors have since licked their wounds and will make the short trip up the M3 on Saturday motivated to ‘right some wrongs’.
McRoberts said: ‘We had a long coversation in the changing room after the game and I said my piece as to where I thought it had gone wrong.
‘The feedback from the players was that they needed to take a long, hard look at themselves, knuckle down and do themselves justice tomorrow.
‘They certainly didn’t do that last time out and will be out to right some wrongs.
‘And from a pure rugby perspective, they are going to need to be on top of their game to get a result up at Basingstoke because they have been playing very well.’
McRoberts is targeting a marked improvement in his 11th-placed side’s physicality if they are to pull off an upset at Basingstoke, who sit third in the early league standings.
‘We must improve our phsyicality around the breakdown,’ he said.
‘Against Sutton & Epsom we simply lost that encounter both when we were attacking and defending.
‘If we can do that, slow their ball down and have a chance of turning it over after a couple of phases when they’ve got possession, then we should be okay.
‘Equally, when we are attacking, as long as we have that intensity and we do – as we have in all four games this year – cause our opponents problems, then we will go there with belief in our ability to cause an upset.’
Gosport & Fareham welcome back three key players for tomorrow’s clash at Down Grange.
Skipper Tim Snowden makes a welcome return to the visitors’ back row, with Wayne Dugan named in the side among the backs.
McRoberts is also hopeful former national league player Richard West will make his debut on the wing.