Tenbury Rugby Club skipper Pete Stevens will give 'a lot of respect' to local rivals Cleobury Mortimer in Saturday's derby (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Tenbury Rugby Club skipper Pete Stevens will give 'a lot of respect' to local rivals Cleobury Mortimer in Midlands Four West (North)
SKIPPER Pete Stevens says struggling Tenbury will give local rivals Cleobury Mortimer ‘a lot of respect’ in Saturday’s big rugby derby.
Mortimer have made a flying start since relegation to Midlands Four West (North) and captain Stevens admits Tenbury must show improvement.
“It’s a short trip to Cleobury and I think we have got to give Cleobury a lot of respect,” said Tenbury’s Stevens.
“Cleobury have come down a division and have started off very well. I think they will have learned a lot from last season’s struggles.
“We have got Ben King, who used to play for Cleobury, and he will be wanting to do well against them.”
Tenbury could not put together a front-row last weekend and conceded their Midlands Junior Vase first-round tie at Woodrush.
“I called eight or nine people but it was a nightmare because we could not get a front-row,” said Stevens. “The front-row is specialist position and it can be dangerous just throwing in people who don’t play there.
“It’s probably a bit too early for some of the farming lads and we had to concede the match.”
Stevens says the versatile Andy Black has returned to fitness and Tenbury will be heading to Cleobury with renewed confidence.
“Cleobury have had four wins on the bounce and we will have our work cut out,” said Stevens. “But we are confident – and we will be going for a big win.”