Bristol Sonics captain Dom Swann wants to see a big crowd roar his side to victory over Leicester Storm at Aretians RFC, Little Stoke, this Saturday (14 August, kick-off 2.30pm).
Swann – the Sonics’ record points scorer and longest serving player – has called on Bristol rugby supporters to come and cheer on his side in their final home game of the 2010 season – a ‘do or die’ Cooperative RLC Midlands Premier semi-final with close rivals Leicester Storm. A win would see the Sonics set-up a Grand Final date with Coventry Bears – and a chance to claim their first silverware since 2008.
Bristol captain Swann said: “Saturday’s game against Leicester promises to be an absolute cracker. It’s the most important game of our season so far, and I’d like to see a big crowd roaring the lads on. The two sides are evenly matched, we play an attractive brand of rugby and it promises to be an excellent game. Furthermore, entrance is free and Aretians RFC will be providing refreshments, including a fully stocked bar.”
Despite being the city’s only Rugby League club, the Sonics’ squad boasts a number of players who regularly feature for Bristol Combination rugby union clubs in the winter. Clubs represented include Dings, Avonmouth, St Marys, Old Bristolians, Old Elizabethans and Clevedon, as well as students from Bristol University, UWE and Filton College.
Swann said: “We take in players from rugby union clubs all over Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. It would be great to see supporters of those clubs coming out and supporting their lads and the city as a whole in what is a must-win game. Don’t worry if you’ve not watched much Rugby League before – it’s a very easy game to understand and there will be plenty of regular supporters on hand to answer any questions you may have.”
Sonics’ coach Karl Fearnley hopes to name a full-strength side to take on in-form Leicester Storm, who have won four out of their last five games. The Storm are skippered by one-time Sonic Simon Anniss, the prolific hooker who has scored an impressive 11 tries so far this campaign. Both of the previous games between the two sides this season have been close affairs, with the Sonics and Storm winning one a-piece.