Hertfordshire are straight back in action this weekend as the Swindon Storm visit St Albans for the return leg. The Cheetahs won away in Swindon 30-8 in a well contested game that the away side ultimately ran away with. They will be hoping to not only replicate this, but take some of the magic shown in last week’s demolition job of the Hastings Conquerors into Sunday.
Receiver Rowan Huggins in particular balled out in the reverse fixture, accruing over 200 yards through the air in his very first game in the black and yellow. It remains to be seen whether Swindon will consciously try to take Huggins out of the game or whether they will be equally aware of the rest of the offensive firepower the Cheetahs are able to put on the field. On the other side of the ball, a ballhawking secondary will look to replicate the success they had in creating turnovers last time out in a game where Safety Jason Scurfield and Linebacker Dan Levett recorded picks.
Offensive Captain Ben Weeks called for the home side to carry the momentum from the record breaking performance against Hastings into this game, saying that “we can’t afford to lose our focus at this crucial point in the season. Whilst we might not put up another century, I want this offence to come out firing and terrify Swindon from the start”.
Likewise, Defensive Captain Josh Kent is hoping that “the defence will take our form from the last game into the next one against Swindon who we are sure will have learnt from our last game against them and looked to improve. I’m hoping we can stop them from scoring this time round to further improve our league position.”
2018 Comparison: Cheetahs – Storm
Points For: 234-18
Points Against: 24-95