Warriors are looking to raise game
THIS weekend marks the midway point of the season and the Gloucestershire Warriors will be looking to improve in the second half of the campaign.
With just one win for the first team and two for the second team, there is plenty of room for the sides to develop and get into more consistent winning ways.
The signs are there with the first team rattling up big scores against Midlands Premier opposition after a slow start to the season.
However, they have also struggled defensively and conceded half a century of points in each of their last two games.
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According to coach Steve Lee, the Warriors improvement will come from better preparation and consistency of selection.
He said: "We have been able to play some really high-quality players so far this season but never at the same time, so we have been struggling for consistency."
Lee is hoping some of the All Golds 9s squad will return to the side in the coming weeks.
He added: "The guys who played in the 9s are quality players and they will add a lot to the side which is quite inexperienced really."
The Warriors face Northampton Demons at Sandyleaze today (kick-off 2.30pm).
The Demons sit second in the table having suffered just one defeat to leaders Leicester Storm.
"It's a big test for us," said Lee. "Northampton are a big, physical side who use that physicality to their advantage.
"We need to stand up to them and look to use the quality we have to take the points."
In the West of England division, all five sides are level on four points from four games.
The Warriors travel to Bridgwater to face Somerset Vikings for the third time this season.
Both previous contests have gone to the home side and the Warriors will be looking to reverse the trend and repeat their 36-14 win from three weeks ago.
The A team are beginning to come together thanks to a couple of big performances at home against the Vikings and Bristol Sonics A.
They will be looking to transfer that to foreign fields as they travel to a Vikings side building in strength.