Rovers look to take home rugby form away

ROVER AND OUT: David Grand (white shirt) is out of the Ponteland v Rovers match on Saturday
ROVER AND OUT: David Grand (white shirt) is out of the Ponteland v Rovers match on Saturday

HARTLEPOOL Rovers look to take their free-scoring Friarage exploits on the road tomorrow when they visit Ponteland.

Resurgent Rovers have scored 104 points on the last two Saturdays to rediscover their form – and fun – after a stuttering start to 2012.

And player-coach Alan Brown has challenged his players to replicate on the road the same positive style they have been playing at West View Road.

“We have had two cracking wins the last two Saturdays,” Brown told SportMail.

“The difference this week is that we are away.

“But what I said to the lads last night at training that whether we are home or away should become irrelevant.

“I want to see us play with the same tempo and same commitment we have been playing at the Friarage.

“If we do that then we have a very good chance of picking up the points.

“We have created our problems away from home by deviating from our game.

“But if we play as we know can then I’m confident we can win.”

Rovers have suffered the blow of losing young winger Adam Smith (knee) and experienced centre David Grand (hamstring) while they are still minus James Evens (hamstring).

But Brown has been able to restore Stephen Jones to the wing and has added brought in another of the club’s youngsters, Daniel Thompson, at full-back.

“Jones has scored quite a few tries this season and there’s more in him,” Brown explained.

“Thomo has had good reports from the second team and is a strong counter-attacker.

“We’ve been forced to make changes because of injury but I think our back play has been one of our positives.”

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