Hill looks no further than home Rovigo test

Boss Richard Hill was looking no further than next weekend’s home clash with Rovigo after a huge victory in Spain – but admitted the double header with Perpignan already looked like a group decider.

Warriors ran in 13 tries to overwhelm Amlin Challenge Cup newcomers Bizkaia Gernika in Spain while Perpignan also recorded a massive 79-12 over Rovigo in Italy.

“There are some much tougher groups in the Amlin Challenge Cup this season,” admitted Hill.

“We have got Rovigo and Gernika, two of the teams regarded as weaker, and so it looks like it is heading towards that double header with Perpignan before Christmas.

“But we go again next weekend against Rovigo and we will give them plenty of respect and start again.”

Hill also paid tribute to spirited Gernika after the game in Spain as they rewarded with a second half try for all their efforts.

“They (Gernika) kept coming at us and I was pleased for them that they got a try,” added Hill.

“We would have liked to have kept a clean sheet and got 85-0, but to be fair they scored a very good try and it got the biggest cheer of the afternoon.

“It gives them a lift, it can be hard losing by 80 points but they can take that. But it also gave us a lift because Max Stelling scored three tries after they scored. I was delighted by that young man.

“By and large, we wouldn’t be playing some of that style of rugby in an Aviva Premiership match, you wouldn’t always get away with it,” admitted Hill.

“There were spaces that you wouldn’t normally find in the Aviva Premiership, but I didn’t see individuals go off on their own and try silly things.

“I felt we worked well in small groups to ensure the support play was there. We kept our shape and discipline.”

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“We have got Rovigo and Gernika, two of the teams regarded as weaker, and so it looks like it is heading towards that double header with Perpignan before Christmas…"