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CONFIDENT SONICS GUNNING FOR STAGS

Bristol Sonics captain Dom Swann says his side as “full of confidence” ahead of this Saturday’s tough Conference League 3 clash with title chasing Hemel Stags.The Sonics go into the match against table-toppers Hemel at Clifton RFC (2.30pm kick-off) on the back of two remarkable wins against Nottingham Outlaws and Bramley Buffaloes – their first victories of a difficult first season in amateur Rugby League’s national leagues.Having lost their first 11 matches of the season, some by deflating scorelines, Bristol have constantly improved over recent weeks and finally recorded their first win two weeks ago, grinding out a well deserved 30-14 victory over Nottingham at Aretians. Last Sunday things got even better for the Sonics, as they recovered from 22-6 down early in the second half to grab an unlikely 28-22 win at Bramley Buffaloes thanks to a long range try in the dying seconds from young winger Mike Norman.Now Bristol will look to back up their thrilling victories with an unlikely win over Hemel Stags, a team who next season will line up in Rugby League’s Championship 1, the game’s lowest professional division. Having endured a torrid time at Hemel earlier in the season, the Sonics will be keen to show the Stags just how much they’ve improved in recent weeks.Sonics captain Dom Swann believes his side have what it takes to pose Hemel a few problems. He said: “There’s a real buzz around the squad right now – we’re full of confidence after those wins. A few people have been asking a few questions about whether we’re good enough to play in this league, but the way we’ve played over the last month shows that we’re a match for anyone on our day. We know Hemel are a fantastic team, full of guys who next year will be semi-professional, so we’re up against it. Even if we don’t win, it should be a much better game.”Hemel come into the game on the back of a surprise defeat to Coventry Bears, and will be keen to bounce back straight away in order to keep their title bid on track. But Swann remains confident: “One of the best things about our performances in recent weeks has been our intensity. Against Nottingham and Bramley we had to dig deep and put in a real defensive shift. We did that and got the results. If we do that again, Saturday’s game will be closer than many people are predicting.”Bristol Sonics play Hemel Stags at Clifton RFC, Cribbs Causeway, on Saturday 4 August, kick-off 2.30pm.Meanwhile Sonics A travel to Somerset in a match that will decide which team grabs a home playoff spot. Both teams plus Oxford Cavaliers are level on 8 points and the Sonics could yet sneak the top spot if results go their way.

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