Ellis looking to go again
After last weekend’s friendly with Valley Cougars, South Wales Hornets are back at the Conference Three coalface aiming to chip away at the play-offs.
John Ellis’ men travel to Coventry Bears on Saturday hoping that the foundations put in place against Hemel Stags have not been undone by going two weeks without a league fixture.
In that time, the Bears beat Bristol Sonics 40-18 to go fourth, but Ellis is more focussed on what his side are doing at present.
“It’s been a frustrating couple of weeks,” he said.
“One or two things have conspired against us so we’ve been without a league game for the two weekends – fortunately that comes to an end on Saturday.
“What we don’t want is all the positives against Hemel to count for nothing, which is why the friendly was arranged last weekend to keep the boys playing.
“We’ve worked on a few key areas this week in training and hopefully we can pick up from where we left off in the league.
“Coventry are leading the way as the rest of us jostle for position behind the top three, so the aim is to go there and get a result.”
The Hornets will be without Liam Watton after the wing-cum-centre received a two-match ban for his involvement in the fracas against Hemel. Whilst Ellis conceded he will be a loss, he has challenged the rest of the squad to step up in his absence.
“Liam’s going to be a miss, there’s no doubt about that.
“But we can’t bemoan that; what it does is it provides someone else with an opportunity. From a coach’s perspective, and from the pathway perspective, there is a chance there for someone to stake a claim.
“Where Liam has been excellent lately is his work rate – both in attack and defence – something we will need to replicate on Saturday. If we do that, then the rest will look after itself.”