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Oliver eyes DMP test

Kim Oliver has challenged her side to be more clinical when given try-scoring opportunities as her side travel to the North East to face DMP Sharks on Saturday afternoon.

The Bears travel to Darlington on Friday evening ahead of Saturday’s game and Oliver insists her side have put last week’s performance behind them as they look to bounce back this weekend.

“It was a disappointing result at the weekend, we put ourselves in some good positions and has opportunities, but we just weren’t clinical enough. We’ve worked on that in training and we’ve had a really positive week all round heading in to DMP.

“We spoke at length about the first ten minutes of the game, this week we’ve stripped it down to the first ten seconds. What can we do from the first whistle, whether it be a big tackle or a strong carry, we’ve got to make it count and get going early on.

“It’s always a difficult trip to DMP, previously we haven’t performed well up there. Last year we lost and we’ve decided that we have to do it a little differently this year, so we’re travelling up the night before which should make things a lot easier for the group and help them settle.

“It gives us a good morning’s preparation, which almost mirrors what we have for a home game so that’ll be good for the group and their preparations.

“DMP have shown great improvement since last season, we’re expecting a tough game but if we can be more clinical and get going in the early stages then it makes getting a positive result more achievable.

Merryn Doidge starts for the first time this campaign (via JMPUK).

The Bears make just one change to the pack for this week’s fixture with DMP as Marlo Boyd comes in to start in place of Daisie Mayes, as well as Merryn Doidge making her first TP15s start of the season at full-back.

“Daisie has had a lot of game time so far this year and has been excellent for us, so it’s more of a rotational move. Ebony is starting at blindside and it’s her time to step up with her defensive work rate and ability with the ball in hand.

"Marlo also comes in to the pack. She’s a great athlete and works tirelessly all game, so it’s an exciting opportunity for her to test herself again at the top level.

“It great to have Merryn back in the squad. She’s been dealing with a couple of knocks at the start of the season and she got through sixty minutes with the Development side last year, so we feel she’s ready to come back in to the thick of the action.

“She demonstrated just how dangerous she can be last year, not only with the ball in hand but also her work in defence is fantastic so it’s a boost to her back for a big away trip.”