Rugby: Defiant Hardcastle backs Bournemouth's survival cause

SCRUM-HALF: Bournemouth's Sam Hardcastle

SCRUM-HALF: Bournemouth's Sam Hardcastle

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DEFIANT scrum-half Sam Hardcastle insists Bournemouth's battle to avoid the drop is far from over after boldly declaring: “We are not down and out yet!”

Lions' record points scorer and his team-mates make the long trip to seventh-placed Cambridge on Saturday (3pm) aiming to keep on track their slim National South Two survival hopes.

After beating backmarkers Exmouth last weekend, the Chapel Gate outfit have six games to make up the 13-point gap to fourth-bottom Dings Crusaders and save their tumultuous season.

But with a game in hand Hardcastle believes Bournemouth can still escape the drop - as long as they can triumph against the teams around them.

Hardcastle said: “The victory over Exmouth keeps the heat off a little bit but Cambridge are a good side who will make life difficult for us if we let them.

“They came from the league above so know what needs to be done to win games and they seem to have an all-round team.

“All we can do is just focus on set pieces and doing the simple stuff well which, hopefully, will give us the platform to play and impose our style on the game.

“It will be a tough one, but we went to Bishop's Stortford earlier in the season where no-one expected us to win and came away with a bonus-point victory.

“After that, we have got the two teams directly above us coming up so we are not down and out yet.

“On our day we can beat anyone and it is only when we start worrying about other teams that we start to slip up a little bit.”

Alan Manning will face a late fitness test on a hand injury.

Lions: (from) Lynch, Roberts, Stewart, Chislett, Westcott, Metters, Hardcastle, Spikings, Wilford, Wiseman, Peart, Rees, Hart, Dunkerley, Booth, Khamoian, Burns, Scott, Sutherland, Berthonneau, Manning.

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8:37pm Thu 20 Mar 14

afcbcasuals says...

Problem is they started paying players and got to big to quick and they couldn't maintain the form needed in this league
Problem is they started paying players and got to big to quick and they couldn't maintain the form needed in this league afcbcasuals
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9:36am Sun 23 Mar 14

JannerLion says...

afcbcasuals
The club doesn't pay the players and as such are one of the highest ranked amateur rugby clubs in the country; the players turn out to training and matches week after week for the love of the game. In the 2011/12 season when they were promoted they had a points difference of over 1000 points having lost the promotion play-off the season before by a single point. The Lions certainly deserve to be in the league they are in.

The club doesn't want to suffer the same fate as Rugby Lions RFC that were kicked out of National League 2 South before the 2012/13 season because they had failed to clear their debts following the liquidation of the company that owned the majority of the club. Rugby Lions re-enterred the leagues this season 7 levels below where they left.

BRFC's ambition is to play at the highest level possible but not at any cost. There is a thriving Mini, Academy and Colts section as we'll as Senior teams that provide an opportunity for physical and social activity for hundreds of club members each week which could be jeopardised by reliance on a sponsor or donor to pay players.
afcbcasuals The club doesn't pay the players and as such are one of the highest ranked amateur rugby clubs in the country; the players turn out to training and matches week after week for the love of the game. In the 2011/12 season when they were promoted they had a points difference of over 1000 points having lost the promotion play-off the season before by a single point. The Lions certainly deserve to be in the league they are in. The club doesn't want to suffer the same fate as Rugby Lions RFC that were kicked out of National League 2 South before the 2012/13 season because they had failed to clear their debts following the liquidation of the company that owned the majority of the club. Rugby Lions re-enterred the leagues this season 7 levels below where they left. BRFC's ambition is to play at the highest level possible but not at any cost. There is a thriving Mini, Academy and Colts section as we'll as Senior teams that provide an opportunity for physical and social activity for hundreds of club members each week which could be jeopardised by reliance on a sponsor or donor to pay players. JannerLion
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