Bristol Sonics’ final Midlands Qualifying game away to Leamington Royals has been cancelled as the hosts have not been able to raise a team this weekend. So attention is focused on the Sonics’ A Team as they take on local rivals Swindon St George.Unfortunately a replacement game has not be found for the 1st team so they will take a weekend off. The result wouldn’t have had any bearing on the league positions as the Sonics secured top place in the Midlands Qualifying West division with last weekend’s impressive victory over Telford Raiders. That has set up a showdown with bitter rivals Northampton Demons in the first week of the Midlands Premier play-off campaign on July 16.Head Coach Karl Fearnley was in contemplative mood following the news: ‘It’s disappointing we don’t have a fixture as this weekend would have been the last chance for us to fine tune our performance ahead of the Premier play-offs, which will test us to the full. In many ways we’ve become victims of our own success as not all sides in the division are up to our standards which has led to cancellations. But we know there will be no more easy games this season with the premier play-offs starting next week. We need to start fulfilling our potential and bring some consistency to our game for the remainder of the season. If we do that we should have a good chance of making a second Midlands Premier Grand Final.”Bristol Sonics’ A travel to Swindon St George where a win would go a long way to securing their place in the top 3 and the end-of-season playoffs. The Sonics second team narrowly lost out 28-32 to Swindon in their first ever RLC match back in May. On that occasion the Sonics out-scored their opponents seven tries to six, but were made to rue seven missed conversion attempts.But the Sonics have improved week-on-week and slowly climbed up the RLC West of England table into 3rd place, 3 points ahead of this weekend’s rivals. Coach Aran Simm is expecting a big performance from his team: ‘The guys need no motivation for this game – we’ve got our sights set-on a top-three finish and a lot of the players are still smarting from that opening day defeat to Swindon . We had a lot of players making their RL debut on that day but they’ve gained in experience during the season and have been playing some good rugby in recent weeks.’

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