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Bromsgrove prepare to face the might of Macclesfield's pack
3:54pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in Local
HAVING tasted success for the first time this season Bromsgrove have precious little time to rest on their laurels as they must visit the might of Macclesfield this Saturday in SSE National League Two North.
The slender 22-19 verdict over Hull will soon be forgotten as Macclesfield present one of the Boars toughest tests this term.
Backs coach Duncan Roke revealed: “Macclesfiled have a big, strong pack who like to keep the ball to themselves. To say they play 10 man rugby is being kind to them, but it’s something we must front upto.
“Having been relegated from National Division One last season, Macclesfield are many people’s favourite to go straight back up again and judging by early season results, that would be justified.
“They won’t come much tougher than Macclesfield this season and we’ve got to mindfull of the way they’re going to attack us.
“Already we’re seeing a split in this division with the likes of Stourbridge, Macclesfield, Chester and Darlington Mowden Park at the top and if I’m honest, i don’t think that’s going to change a great deal.
“We have to make certain we beat ther teams around us.
“Although we deservedly won against Hull, there are still areas where we need to improve, especially when the ball is kicked at us.
Ultimately, we won the game against Hull because we didn’t sit back, but took the game to them and ultimately put Hull under pressure.
“We’re an improving side and as a coach, that’s what you want to see.
“Hull was one of those games we needed to win even though we contrived to make the scoreline look closer than it was when they scored a try in the last minute”.
Roke revealed that influential back row player Chris McGregor and loose head prop Paul Norris would be missing for at least another month because of injury.
McGregor is still recovering from a fractured ankle while Norris broke a bone in his hand while playing for Bromsgrove in a pre-season friendly fixture against Old Halesonians.
The pair join second row Ben Meadows on the sidelines, Meadows also having sustained a fracture to his hand as well.
Roke confirmed: “They are all established first team players and have become a massive influence on the side. The quicker they can return, the better it will be for us”.
Bromsgrove must hit the road again for the following week when they head for Harrogate before hosting local rivals Dudley Kingswinford at Finstall Park.
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