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FEARNLEY PREDICTS SONICS IMPROVEMENT

Bristol Sonics head coach Karl Fearnley has attempted to rally his troops ahead of Saturday’s Conference League 3 trip to Nottingham Outlaws.The Sonics sit bottom of Conference League 3 with just a single bonus point to their name, after six matches of their debut Conference League 3 season. Having narrowly lost to South Wales three weeks ago and put in a decent first half display against high-fliers Coventry Bears last Saturday, Fearnley is convinced that elusive first win of the season is just around the corner.Fearnley said: “It’s been very tough for us so far this season, but we expected that when we stepped up into the national leagues. It takes a while to adapt to the physical and mental demands of a higher intensity of rugby. Although we’ve had some serious beatings, there are things we are doing every week. The way we played against Kippax, South Wales and at times against Coventry shows that we can compete in this division. If we keep improving a little every week, wins will come.”Fearnley is expecting a tough game when his side takes in Nottingham Outlaws on Saturday on their home patch. He said: “The Outlaws are a very progressive club and one with vast experience at Conference League 3 and Rugby League Conference National level. They’ve had some mixed results this season, but they tend to score a lot of points. Last week they were beaten 42-32 in a thriller by South Wales, so they’ll be pumped up for Saturday’s game. I know our lads are determined to put things right after their awful second half against Coventry, so it could be a very good game. It will certainly be a hard game.”Saturday’s encounter will be the first between the sides. Fearnley is still without hooker Harry Marson after six weeks out through injury, but there could is be a recall for centre Dom Pullen. Scrum half Lewis Beer is expected to be fit after being forced off last week with concussion, while Wes Rodgers could switch from loose forward to prop to make way for Joe McKenna.Bristol Sonics face Nottingham Outlaws at Harvey Hadden on Saturday, June 9, kick-off 3.30pm. Supporters who wish to travel on the team coach are advised to contact the club via http://www.bristolsonics.com. Match updates will be available via http://www.twitter.com/BristolSonicsRL

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