Bournemouth RFC looking to take advantage of home turf
Bournemouth Rugby Club are looking to bounce back from last weekend's rugby lesson when they return to action at Chapel Gate this weekend.
The Lions were went down 45-14 against promotion candidates Worthing last week, but Bournemouth Director of Rugby David Dunn is remaining positive.
"I think it was a baptism of fire really" explained Dunn.
"They came and watched us the week before and had done their homework. Worthing came at us from the start, but we scored two good tries towards the end, and could actually have got a couple more, and a bonus point, given a bit of luck."
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The Sussex side have a huge budget compared to The Lions and are likely to pay their players up to £300 per week. Bournemouth are determined to keep their amateur status.
The Rugby Football Club struggled to keep within their budget and were forced out of National League Two South before the start of the season. The Lions are keen to operate as a professional club on an amateur budget.
"We've started a partnership with a gym in Bournemouth, we have an ex-London Welsh conditioning coach on board and a nutritionalist - who tests players and looks after their diets" added Dunn.
"It's extremely difficult to live within our means, but we are strictly amateur. That's why we desperately need sponsorship and the support of the local people to be able to compete at this level."
Last weekend, every game in National League Two South was won by the home side. With The Lions making such an impressive start on home turf against Canterbury a fortnight ago, home advantage could be vital on Saturday when Bournemouth take on Chinnor.
"Home advantage is extremely important in this league. There's always room to improve and we're always looking to win at home."