Kingstone Press League 1 Preview: South Wales Scorpions v Keighley Cougars

South Wales Scorpions coach Mike Grady said last week’s 74-4 defeat to Rochdale Hornets was tough to take.

“Discipline got the better of us in the end. We had one sent off and one yellow card. I think it was a bit of frustration more than anything,” he said.

“We had a couple of spells where we did OK but the floodgates opened at the other times. We were poor and let in some soft tries.

“We know it will be tough against Keighley, it was tough at their place. Some said that points difference are the new bonus points and I think all the top teams are looking to put as many points as they can on teams like us.

“I think we’ll go better than last week. We’ll be fixing it up this week and looking for a better performance.”

Keighley Cougars will be looking to bounce back this week after their defeat to Oldham.

Player/coach Paul March pulled out in the warm up with an Achilles injury which forced a re-shuffle.

“We didn’t start the game well but I thought their tempo and go forward caused us a lot of problems and the better side won on the day,” he said.

“It’s up to us now to re-group and get a bit of consistency going into the final bit of the season.

“Obviously it’s going to be a long trip this weekend but we’re going to do it professionally. We’re going down on Saturday and train on Saturday night down at the Scarlets so we’re taking the journey out of the equation. We need to go there and get back to winning ways. Hopefully we can do that and get a bit of momentum.”

Centre Hamish Barnes is back in the squad this week.

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