Will the right West Hartlepool turn up for big game?

West Hartlepool Rugby Club V Waterloo at Brinkburn.
West Hartlepool Rugby Club V Waterloo at Brinkburn.

DIRECTOR of rugby Kevan Oliphant hopes to see “the right West Hartlepool” turn up for tomorrow’s National Three North derby at Mowden Park.

West head to Darlington on the back of three wins in a row which have strengthened the club’s place in mid-table in their first season back in the national structure.

However, tomorrow’s visit to Yiewsley Drive is the toughest of the programme so far as they come face to face with the league leaders.

Darlington Mowden Park, ironically the club built up by Oliphant from a Durham Northumberland league club into a national division side, are looking god bets not only for promotion but the title.

Oliphant believes his West side can threaten their Durham neighbours if they show the right approach.

“When we play to our potential, there is no no-one in this league we’re afraid of,” said the 44-year-old.

“If we take out the first half at Chester, we’ve not been given the runaround anywhere.

“There have been times we’ve played poorly but we’ve not been really turned over.

“If we don’t make the mistakes we did in that first half at Chester then I think we are capable of taking these teams on.

“Yes, Mowden are dangerous but if we start with a good tempo and are organised defensively then we can do all right.

“They are not top of the league for nothing, but from our perspective, it depends on which West turns up?

“If it’s the right West Hartlepool then we’ll give it a go.

“If we bring less than our best game then we could struggle.”

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