Scrum will be key to Petersfield’s success

Petersfield director of rugby Scott Heffield
Petersfield director of rugby Scott Heffield

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Petersfield director of rugby, Scott Heffield, believes an improved scrum can be the key to success for his side as they visit title favourites Andover in Hampshire one (3pm).

The Penns Place club lost their opening game against Millbrook and Heffield highlighted their scrummage as a weakness.

‘You can’t lose most of your scrums and expect to dictate the game,’ he said.

‘It didn’t help losing 50 per cent of the line-outs, too.

‘We played with a great deal of commitment, passion and, at times, intelligence, only to lose the game in the last five minutes.

‘The game became disjointed and we conceded 10 unanswered points in the closing minutes

‘The players have shown, however, they are prepared to learn and develop.’

Andover crushed Southampton 60-22 in their opening game and are strongly tipped to go straight back up after last season’s relegation.

‘We must look to tie in their pacy back-row and stop them utilising their backs to good effect,’ said Heffield, who keeps faith with his squad from the first game.

United Services Portsmouth are aiming to start the campaign with back-to-back wins by beating Aldershot & Fleet, following up their excellent win at Farnborough.

The Sailors finished third last season and have high hopes of improving on that this time around.

In Hampshire two, Southsea Nomads start their home programme against Overton and Fareham Heathens make the short trip to Alresford.