WATERLOO travel to take on Birkenhead Park on Saturday in perhaps one of the most eagerly awaited derbies for some time, with Loo desperate to continue where they left in 2012.
Waterloo bowed out of 2012 in a respectable 8th place in National Three North having won sixth of the 14 games so far, however with 12 games still to go before the close of the campaign there is no room for any complacency at Blundellsands.
“Compared to previous seasons we are in a good place but there is a lot of work still to do,” director of rugby Jan Van Deventer commented.
“We cannot afford to be complacent for as Birkenhead Park have shown, just as an improvement in form can move you up the table quite quickly, the reverse is also true.”
Indeed Birkenhead Park, who were languishing at the bottom of the table for most of the opening half of the season, are now in 12th spot and although are still in the relegation zone they are only three points adrift of Burnage in 11th place.
“Looking at the league table this is a game that ‘Park’ will really want to win and we must be at our best if we are to take the points,” added Deventer. “Although in matches such as these the form book can often be thrown out of the window it is a game we are well capable of winning.”
This is a must win game for both sides’ making for an intriguing contest, ‘Park’ with the chance to move out of the relegation zone and Waterloo an opportunity to further secure their position before they take on promotion contenders Harrogate at Blundellsands next week and league leaders Chester at Hare Lane on the 19th.
“January is a tough month for us,” Deventer admitted. “We need to take every point possible.”