The Brantford Harlequins are glad to be back on home turf after a schedule that had them on the road for almost two months.
The senior men’s rugby club last played at George Jones Fields on June 16.
Since then, the team’s record has fallen from 1-3-0 to 2-6-1, but coach Dave Knowles said things have been turning around the past two weeks.
After a string of three road loses, the Harlequins tied the Toronto Scottish 25-25 on July 21 and defeated Waterloo County 34-22 on July 28.
“There have been a lot of close games in the loses and we are starting to turn things around,” Knowles said. “We just have to keep it going and start playing together more as a team.”
That will be easier said than done with the reigning champions from Balmy Beach (6-2-0) coming to Brantford on Saturday.
Knowles said defence will be key.
“Balmy Beach are really great at keeping the ball alive in contact,” he said. “We will have to finish all our tackles.”
Saturday’s game begins at 3 p.m. at George Jones Fields. The second division Brantford Harlequins (2-7-0) play against Balmy Beach (7-0-1) at 1:30 p.m.