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Rodders waiting for perfect Stour.

TOP of the league with a perfect record they may be but James Rodley says Stourbridge have merely hinted at what they could achieve this season.

Rodley, who in honour of his 100th game for Stour led his team out in their last match, was part of the side that coasted to a 32-10 victory over Bees last Saturday.

And while that was Stour's third successive bonus-point victory, backrower Rodley thinks they are yet to get into their stride and identifies an instability at set-piece as the key factor.

"So far in our games we haven't quite hit the levels we are trying to achieve yet," Rodley admitted.

"There are signs of it throughout, we have scored some pretty good tries and played some pretty good rugby but we are not quite there.

"Against Bees the set-pieces were messy and the lineout had been a strong point up until this season. We have lost a couple of quite influential players in the lineout and we are not quite up to scratch there yet.

"I think that's showing, we are giving a way a lot of possession in their 22 and we are not quite setting up our drives properly. We're not scoring the tries we scored last season. Drew [Harper] tallied up the tries last year - and I'm not getting them."

Rodley also detects a slightly more laid-back atmosphere at Stourton Park in their second season out of National One, adding: "Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing I am not quite sure yet. We know we are one of the strongest teams in the league, it's just up to us to achieve what we can achieve now."
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Date:Sep 26, 2013
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