Lichfield scrum-half Natasha Hunt is confident that the club can win the Women’s Rugby Premiership this year.
The Staffordshire outfit, having finished third last season, have made a strong start to the new season currently lying second, with England international and Olympian Hunt at the heart of their good form.
And, with the club having become a hotspot for growth of the women’s game in the county, Hunt believes they can now kick on and compete for silverware.
“We have a realistic belief in our squad at the minute,” said Hunt. “We’re building every single game.
“We had a tough game against (leaders) Bristol the other day. It finished 19-15 to Bristol and I missed a ridiculous kick from in front of the posts.
“Neither team played particularly well or put together their strongest game of rugby.
“It’s one of those where, when it comes to the crunch, have we got the bottle to actually grind out a win and that’s what we’re working towards this season.
“But we’ve definitely got the capability of going all the way this year so that’s the aim.”
Lichfield could go top this weekend if they beat third-placed Worcester Valkyries at Sixways Stadium on Saturday, with leaders Bristol not playing until Sunday.
But Hunt knows that the free-scoring Valkyries will provide a stern test for high-flying Lichfield.
“They’ve got a number of big, powerful forwards and a wealth of experience in their pack,” she said. “But they’ve also got some pretty incisive backs so we know it’s going to come at us from all angles.
“We just need to make sure we’re on our game defensively. When we do get our opportunities, we need to make sure we’re converting them.
“They’ve had some pretty big scorelines recently and they’re starting to settle into this season after a shaky start so we know they’re a real force to be reckoned with.
“We’re going in there quietly confident to make sure that we are on top form in order to come away with the win.”