Southwell player-coach looks to the future
2:32pm Thu Jan 05, 2017
Dan Montagu fends off an opposition player in the match against Newark earlier this season.
Dan Montagu fends off an opposition player in the match against Newark earlier this season.
Player-coach Dan Montagu said he had been encouraged by Southwell Rugby Club’s progress as they prepare to continue their promotion push on Saturday.
Southwell are among a handful of teams vying for promotion from the Midlands Division Two East (North).

They are second in the table, two points behind leaders Melbourne with eight victories to their name.

Montagu has been one of the players who have been important to their early season success.

He became more involved with the club at the start of the season, taking on a director of rugby role as well as joining the playing staff.

“Ever since I’ve been involved with Southwell they have been a progressive club, from building the new clubhouse to getting the right coaching staff in place,” Montagu said.

“I have had a bit more freedom working with the junior sections this season. Building up that generation is going to be crucial for the club.

“We are located too far away from a big town to attract too many players so we rely a lot on developing our Colts and getting them ready to join the first team.”

'Each game has been a big battle'

Montagu has been impressed with the way the club has played this season, and believes they could be ready to make the step up.

“It is a tough league, but if you look at the games we have lost they have all been within seven points,” he said.

“We’ve got the bonus points and each game has been a big battle.

“The biggest thing from our point of view is to keep the consistency the same throughout the season and get the right results.

“With the players we have in our team I think we can play at a higher standard. It is about building the self belief and our mental attitude.”

Montagu said they could potentially bring in a few more players to bolster their squad before the second-half of the season.

He said sponsorship from PMG Motors and 3sixty Fitness had been invaluable in providing stability.

They begin their post-Christmas campaign with a home match against Loughborough on Saturday, who had beaten them earlier in the campaign.

Third-placed Newark are also in action on Saturday with a home fixture against Matlock, who defeated them in the reverse fixture.

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