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Alan Martinovic wants Hartpury to end season on a high

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 17, 2014

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CHAMPIONS of National Two South they may be, but there will be no let-up for Hartpury as they head to Devon for their penultimate league game of the season.

They take on bottom-of-the-table Exmouth on Saturday with director of rugby Alan Martinovic insisting that his team end the season on a high.

“Even though we are champions, we need to behave and perform in a proper way,” he said.

“I don’t want us to go there thinking we are the bee’s knees, I want us to go there and perform.”

Hartpury clinched the title, and with it promotion to National One, with a 39-30 win over Ampthill on Saturday.

“It was great to win it on our own patch,” said Martinovic.

“It’s been a bit of a bumpy ride because we’ve lost six games, but each time we’ve lost we’ve bounced back with a win which means we’ve not got into a pattern of losing.

“We’ve tried to stay positive all season, tried to attack teams and score tries.

“And the squad has been strong because when we lost players in the post-Christmas period we just kept on going.”

Relegated Exmouth have enjoyed wins over Cambridge and Southend in recent weeks but have managed only fivein the league all season.

Hartpury’s final game of the season is at fourth-placed Bishop’s Stortford a week on Saturday.

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