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Hartpury director of rugby Alan Martinovic wants team to find consistency

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 08, 2013

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THE National Two South promotion race is still firmly in the balance, believes Hartpury director of rugby Alan Martinovic.

The strength of the division was demonstrated last week when Martinovic's fourth-placed side surrendered a 26-point half-time lead to eventually lose 31-29 at home to eighth-placed Canterbury.

Hartpury are ten points off top spot and tomorrow travel to Taunton, who are one place above the drop zone, and Martinovic believes consistency is the key to success.

"We're still challenging, as part of four or five teams, for the two promotion places and in all honesty it could go anywhere from now," he said.

"All the teams in the league have had up-and-down results and it's up to us to make sure that we get it right on the day.

"I think we have to have some consistency. We've been fantastic away from home this season after losing only once to Henley.

"Now we need to ensure we approach every game with the same level of confidence we do on the road."

Hartpury were due to visit Taunton just before Christmas but it was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Taunton enjoyed a morale-boosting win over Clifton last week and Martinovic knows his side will have to be at their best to topple them.

"Taunton will be riding high on confidence after their last win and it's their first home game in a while, so they'll be right up for this game," added Martinovic.

"They have a good mix of players and are a very ambitious club. We have to be careful because they'll want to finish as high as they can and will be just as keen as we are to take home the five points.

"The Hartpury lads know that they need a big response after last week's defeat. We can't afford to lose any games at all, let alone when we're in front and we should be going on to win those games easily."

"We can't dwell on last week, though, particularly with games coming quick and fast at this stage of the season.

"We just have to get on and focus on the next game."

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