Dancer wants to avenge loss at Worthing
HARTPURY centre Alex Dancer says his side have a big score to settle at National Two South leaders Worthing tomorrow.
The table-toppers narrowly beat Hartpury 15-14 in Gloucestershire last October thanks to a last-minute penalty which has left Dancer's team-mates seeking revenge.
Since that result Worthing have opened up an eight-point gap at the top with Hartpury dropping to fourth, a further three points adrift, and Dancer wants to make up for it.
"I think if you look back at the game here, obviously it was close, but we ended up losing it as opposed to them winning it," said Dancer.
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"It's up to us this time to show what we're capable of and get one over on them this time.
"Everyone is really keen to rectify the loss and each individual man will have a job to do and will want to get one over on his opponent.
"I think every man who played in that game still has a chip on his shoulder about it.
"It was a game where we should have gone top of the league and consequently we've slipped a little."
Hartpury's home defeat to Worthing was one of three losses on their own patch but they travel to the south coast with the best road record in the division after losing just once.
Worthing, meanwhile, have won all nine of their fixtures in front of their own fans and Dancer is predicting a tight battle.
"It's going to be a physical game, for sure. They're scoring freely at the moment and are on a good run so our defence at the weekend is going to be key," added Dancer.
"I think if we can stop them early on then that will play into our hands.
"After a couple of weak performances I thought we were a lot better last weekend against Taunton.
"On Saturday we have an opportunity to make a real statement to the league again."