Newent will find their feet in the Premier – chairman Hamlen
OFF-KILTER Newent will adapt quickly to life in Gloucester Premier, despite an opening-day defeat at Bristol Saracens.
That's the view of chairman Dennis Hamlen, who has backed the Forest men to shrug off their 33-14 loss.
Tries from prop Jamie rice and scrum-half James Dean blasted Newent into a 14-0 lead, with Ross Webb converting both scores.
Against the wind, Saracens halved the deficit with a converted try before half-time.
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And after the turnaround the hosts racked up four more scores.
Andy Addis' side host Southmead on Saturday, keen to kick-start their new campaign after powering to the Gloucester One title last term.
Chairman Hamlen said there has been no sense of panic.
He explained: "Once they find their feet I am sure they will be fine, but we always thought it would take a few weeks.
"The pace and the tempo of the game are what we will need to rise to.
"But speaking with our coaches, Andy Addis and Pete Kingston, after the match, they seemed confident that the players will adapt and acclimatise to the level in the next few weeks.
"Bristol Saracens finished third in this league last year and were frustrated to miss out on promotion, so they will be one of the contenders for the title I would imagine.
"We've got Southmead at home this weekend and if we could get a win there we would definitely be up and running.
"Hopefully, the guys will learn quickly from this experience, and be able to move forward at pace.
"But there is always an adjustment process after promotion, and we're just going through it at the moment."