Martinovic's former pupils pose big threat
CLIFTON will not care that Hartpury director of rugby Alan Martinovic once mentored precocious talent in their team, when they host the college side tomorrow (3pm).
Hartpury will be a major scalp rivals Clifton will be keen to claim believes the wary boss.
Martinovic believes Clifton's chances will be bolstered by former Hartpury man Callum Braley who now plays for Bristol Academy alongside Mitch Eadie, who will also be in the Clifton squad.
Both players could cause problems for Hartpury.
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Scrum-half Braley has seven Under-202 caps for England, and back-row Eadie has represented Scotland at Under-18s and Under-20s level.
He said: "Clifton will be dangerous.
"They won on the road last week at Canterbury, and will have gained confidence from that. It is not easy to win on the road in this league.
"They will be looking to build on last Saturday, they will see us as a major scalp to take, and will be a major challenge."
Despite kicking off the season well, with a 37-13 victory over Bishop's Stortford, Martinovic insists there are still 'vast amounts' to be done in all areas on the pitch.
"We are still working on all aspects at this stage," he said.
"We hope as the season progresses, various elements get up to where we want them to be. All the coaches and players know we are a long way from where we want to be. But we will keep progressing up to that point."
But Martinovic knows his men are capable of a match-winning performance.
New boy Steve Leonard impressed last weeked, scoring two tries to earn him the accolade of man of the match, and overall the performance was 'satisfactory'.
Martinovic added: "It was nice to get off to a good start, and get five points at home."