Sonics need to cut out errors which have hit their start
BRISTOL Sonics skipper Dom Swann insists his side are ready to eradicate the 'sloppy mistakes' which proved so costly last weekend as they prepare to continue their debut Conference League Three campaign today (2.30pm).
Sonics welcome Warrington Wizards to Clifton RFC this afternoon keen to make amends for losing their opening game of the season against the Kippax Knights last time out.
Swann, pictured, was encouraged by his side's performance in the 34-14 defeat, but knows that improvement in the tackle, handling and attacking play are required if they are to claim their first victory at Conference Three level following their promotion from the regional leagues at the end of last season.
An experienced Wizards side, meanwhile, arrive to play their opening game of the campaign after their scheduled fixture at Bramley Buffaloes was postponed last weekend and Swann said: "Warrington Wizards are a terrific side and will be very tough to beat, but their lack of match practice could work to our advantage.
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"We need to make amends for the sloppy mistakes that cost us the game last week. We played well in patches, but there were too many missed tackles. If we do that against Warrington we'll get punished. You can't play poorly at this level and get away with it."
Head coach Karl Fearnley, meanwhile, welcomes back a string of players into his squad ahead of the tricky-looking assignment.
The pack will be strengthened by experienced front-rowers Wes Rodgers and Gary Carpenter, while winger Andrew Bond returns to replace the unavailable Mike Norman.
Marcus and Daniel Brooker are also both missing, but young scrum-half Luke Savage could retain his place in the starting line-up after a bright performance against Kippax.
Fearnley is also bolstered by the form and experience of recently-released South Wales Scorpions forward Joe McKenna, who capped an impressive debut performance with a try last Saturday.
Fearnley said: "Having Joe in our ranks is a big bonus. He has a wealth of experience at a professional level and knows what it takes to perform week in, week out. Some of our lads are still young and inexperienced, and having someone like Joe to guide them is a real boost.
"There were a lot of things about last Saturday's match that impressed me, but ultimately we didn't play anywhere near well enough to deserve victory.
"We always knew it would be tough stepping up to this level, but we're good enough to win matches. It's not good enough to just be competitive. We also need to show the discipline and execution needed to thrive in this league."