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Mike happy with Stour's steely stand.

MIKE Umaga praised Stourbridge's ruthless edge after the National Two North leaders won for the first time away from home since January.

Stour hammered lowly Westoe 53-0 last Saturday with an impressive secondhalf display that means second-placed Hull Ionians cannot afford to drop a point if they are to nick the league title in the next two games.

Stour finish off their campaign against Bees on Saturday while Ionians have two matches to go, which, if they secure a pair of bonus-point victories, will take them up.

However, Stour appear to be on track after their earlyyear wobble when they lost four games and Umaga is content with his team's mindset even if they have to go to a play-off to secure promotion.

"No team has rolled over in this league at all this season. Even Westoe kept trying until they very last minute," the head coach said.

"We were 50 points up but the boys defended their backsides off at the end, they were under real pressure with a man in the bin but they held firm and ended up nearly scoring a try themselves.

"That says a lot about where they are at the moment, there is still a lot of fight in them.

"There are still a couple of things that need ironing out, they worked really hard last week and the good thing about Saturday was they transferred that from the training pitch on to the match pitch. And we broke something of a duck having not won away for a while - particularly on overnight trips."

Stour need a bonus-point victory this weekend to put the pressure back on Ionians, who face a testing trip to Sheffield Tigers before finishing off against Caldy on May 4.

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