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Gary: We Need To Make Ferens A Fortress

Hull RUFC play their first home game in National 1 as Darlington Mowden Park visit the Ferens Ground. After losing last week’s opener at Bishop’s Stortford, director of rugby Gary Pearce is hoping home advantage plays a big part in the team opening their account.

“We have to make Chants Ave a very difficult place for teams to come to,” Perace said.
“We want them to not want to come here.
“We’ve done that for the last two years.
“During which time we haven’t been beaten at home.”

In the last six seasons, Hull RUFC have lost only 11 of the 79 games played at Chants Ave, or Ferens Ground to give its proper name. Last season the team won all 15 home game on their way to winning the National 2 North title. That was the second time in three seasons, not including the 2020/21 season which was cancelled because of Covid, that the club has gone undefeated at home. This is, of course, a higher league, but Pearce knows his side will win their fair share of games.

“I know it’s a different kettle of fish this season in a higher league,” Pearce said.
“You have to find a formula that wins.
“We have to be very positive.
“If we can get our balance right between youth and experience, then we give ourselves a chance.
“Fitness will be important. We’ve always been a fit side.”

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