We're buzzing to get a win after week off says Hartpury's Hayes
HARTPURY'S in-form winger Jack Hayes cannot wait to get back on to the pitch at Bournemouth tomorrow and continue his side's unbeaten National Two South start.
Hartpury, who battled to earn a draw at Launceston seven days earlier, had had last weekend off due to Rugby Lions' withdrawing from the leagues but had to battle
Former St Peter's student Hayes was the stand-out performer at Polson Bridge after scoring twice, despite switching from centre this season, and he said the squad are raring to go.
"Having a week's rest has been great. It's really revitalised us," said Hayes, a second year student studying sports coaching at Hartpury.
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"It's let us all rest and get ready to train hard this week and go into this weekend's game buzzing to get the win.
"Obviously on a personal note it's nice to have scored two tries against Launceston, especially as it's not my natural position, but not coming away with the win was hard.
"It's always disappointing to go all that way and come back with a draw, but like the coach said to us afterwards, we still came away with two points which is better than going there and losing.
"You have to take the positives from those games and the boys all worked really hard, and looking back at it we're pleased to have got those two points."
Hartpury were made to work hard against the Cornish All Blacks on their home turf, coming from behind three times to eventually draw 24-24.
Prior to that, Hartpury had brushed aside Taunton Titans 48-13 and edged past Clifton 16-10 in the season opener and will be keen to keep their undefeated record intact tomorrow.
Hartpury head coach John Barnes knows his team will be up against a tough side following their draw in Cornwall.
But Barnes says after a weekend off, his team are itching to get back out on to the field and continue their unbeaten streak against the National Two South newcomers.
"Bournemouth are a strong team and are obviously high on confidence from their promotion last season," said Barnes.
"They've scored a lot of points at home so far so we know they will be good going forward and we'll need to be ready defensively."