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Tenbury Rugby Club have nothing to fear at table-topping Harborne
3:03pm Friday 7th February 2014 in Sport
STRUGGLING Tenbury Rugby Club have nothing to fear at table-topping Harborne and can upset the form book this Saturday, insists skipper Pete Stevens.
Tenbury recorded an impressive victory at the Birmingham outfit last term and Stevens believes his men are capable of repeating that triumph against the Midlands Four West (North) leaders.
Tenbury are second from bottom, just three points behind Greyhound.
Tenbury did not play last weekend against Greyhound – and their 10-7 win a fortnight ago will now stand – after the Hereford club withdrew their bid for a rematch.
Greyhound had appealed that the match a fortnight ago had been contested for fewer than 60 minutes, after stoppages for hail and treatment for a visiting player.
“Greyhound sent us an e-mail to say that they were happy that we had won the game,” said Stevens.
“We then had an e-mail from the league to confirm that the original result – 10-7 – would stand.
“After all the hassle Greyhound had caused us, I was a bit upset and wanted the game to go ahead.
“I would like to have played Greyhound and put 20 or 30 points on them.”
Harborne have won 12 of their 13 league matches this season and romped to 38-19 success at Palmer’s Meadow in November.
Stevens believes the return from injury of Rob Yeomans and Luke Brittain will boost Tenbury’s chances of avoiding the drop.
Stevens said: “Luke Brittain needed nine stitches in a knee injury which he picked up against Bishops Castle and we missed his tackling.We have also missed Rob Yeoman’s experience.
“Harborne are top of the league for a reason and we know it will be another huge game.
“I have never gone into a game expecting to lose.
“It will be a very hard game but you never know what might happen.
“I always back my players and we will definitely be up for the challenge.
“We beat Harborne at their place last season and it shows what we are capable of.”
Stevens added: “They boys have certainly picked up their game recently and the young lads are running very well with the ball.
“There has been a big improvement - we have a more settled side.
“We had a very inexperienced side at the start the season and I think we all expected too much.”