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Pearce pleased with lessons players have learned in first half of the season

Director of rugby Gary Pearce admits the first half of their return season to National 2 North has been a learning curve for his players.
And it’s one the players have adjusted to well with six wins and two draws from their 15 games played this season so far to sit tenth in the table.
Pearce believes the players can do even better in the second half of the season know they know what to expect from each team in the league.

“The first half of the season has been a learning curve for the players,” Pearce said.
“We have been very consistent and been competitive in every game, with perhaps the exception of the Luctonians game where we let our high standards drop.
“There is not too much between the teams in this league and I’m pleased with where we are at this stage of the season because we have had a depleted squad at times.
“We’re greedy and we’d want more, but we are where I hoped we would be. We are as good as any team in this league and we are happy to play anyone home or away.
“As for the second half of the season, it’s more of the same please.
“Our goal remains to survive in this league but we will aim is to finish as high as we can now that we have more knowledge of the league.
“We’ve won four is a row, why can’t we win five to end the year on a high? We will give it a good go.
“While we respect Tynedale, we are playing with a lot of confidence and we have showed our mettle in games this season against Stourbridge, Preston and Fylde.
“If we can get a positive result at Tynedale this weekend and at home to Stourbridge in our first game of 2020, then that will set us up nicely for the rest of the season.”

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