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SONICS AIM FOR A MAGIC PERFORMANCE

BRISTOL Sonics continue their Rugby League Conference title bid by taking part in the inaugural Midlands Magic event in Coventry on Saturday (3pm).An entire round of fixtures is set to take place in the same venue on one day for the first time, where the Sonics will face Midlands section title-rivals Leicester Storm in the University of Coventry’s Westwood Heath grounds.Sonics director of coaching Karl Fearnley has called for a ‘magic’ performance from his players as they bid to get their title bid back on track after losing for the first time this season in their last match against the Northampton Demons.He said: “The Midlands Magic event is a great format – playing all of the division’s matches in one place on one afternoon is an excellent idea.”It’s also a great opportunity for us to lay down a marker and show the rest of the clubs in this league what we can do. I want to see a magic performance to match the Magic format.”We played well in patches against Northampton, but were also outplayed badly.”If we put in a similar performance against Leicester, we’ll be on the wrong end of a hiding, but if we play how I know we can, we’ll have a great chance of securing the points.”The Sonics dumped the Storm out of the play-offs in their last encounter and skipper Dom Swann added: “They’ve got the motivation to want to beat us and they’ll be tough. Leicester have a strong pack and playing them is an arm wrestle.”If we can win the forward battle, we should be able to score enough points to beat them. After the Northampton game, we need to get back on track – and fast.”Fearnley is set to have full-back James Gross and second-row Joe Coghlan available for selection again.The likes of Andrew Bond, Mike Norman, Peter Butcher, Andre Samura, Matt Douglas and Ryan Hall are all in contention after impressing in the ‘A’ side’s victory over Oxford Cavaliers last weekend.

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