Doherty backs players to come good despite poor start

Harrogate RUFC director of rugby Dave Doherty
Harrogate RUFC director of rugby Dave Doherty

Harrogate RUFC’s director of rugby Dave Doherty says he has every confidence that his players can turn things around following their disappointing start to 2016/17.

‘Gate currently find themselves rock-bottom of National Two North after losing their first four league fixtures.

But Doherty insists that his young side have what it takes to bounce back.

“Having lost a number of important, senior players from last season, we always knew that it was going to be a big challenge this season,” he said.

“Obviously we are really disappointed with the start that we have made, but I believe in these players.

“There is a lot of talent within the squad, also a lot of players with limited 1st XV experience, which has shown with the mistakes we’ve made during matches.

“They’re a great bunch, however. The spirit is good in the camp and we’re working hard in training. I know that they will come through in the end.”

Doherty was also keen to stress that responsibility for leading the club away from the relegation zone lies with himself,and not his playing staff.

“I knew what I was getting into when I took on this role and the pressure is on me to get us out of this position,” he added.

“I’ve found myself faced with similar scenarios before during my professional career and I’ve come out of them okay in the end.

“I know what it takes to get us up the table and it’s up to me to coach the players so they are able to deliver out on the pitch.”

Harrogate go in search of their first win of the campaign when they host Sheffield Tigers on Saturday.

Doherty expects another thorough examination of his side’s credentials, but is confident that his charges can pick up a result.

“Sheffield are a strong team. I know their back three very well, and they inparticular will provide a huge threat,” he said.

“That said, I’m 100 per cent confident that we can win the game. We need to turn the corner, starting on Saturday.”