Saturday turned out to be another positive step forward after the win away at OA’s. Again we controlled the ball for large periods and were very clinical once we got into the opposition 22 although this week a few of our tries came from a little further out. Collectively we are working well together and it’s great to see the players buying into what we put in place in training during the week.
Again the forwards went well, especially at the lineout where we were able to steal most of Bury's ball, and the backs also chipped in this week with some slick handling and some direct running which resulted in great line breaks, although this week there will be a emphasis on staying on the field of play and not getting pushed into touch, something we did way to often on Saturday, so much so there is now a £2 fine if you get pushed into touch unless you’re in the act of scoring.
The biggest positive from Saturday was not just the 50 points we scored but the fact we conceded none, something I’m not sure we’ve ever done, well certainly not since I’ve been at the club. The games keep coming think and fast and this week we are on the road again to London to face a Barnes side who have won their last three games and are proving very difficult to beat. Barnes have proved in the past to be a real bogey side for us so as always we’ll be preparing well to try and get a good result before the international break the week after.
Saturday was a strong performance with some pleasing aspects. Our recent acceleration in form continued with last week’s intensity replicated in and around the opposition try line. The forward pack stole a host of line outs and made life difficult for Bury St Edmunds. To get to 36-0 by half time was areal achievement
Bury have always proved a team who enjoy taking the game to you and on Saturday we didn’t give them that opportunity by controlling the ball.
To finish the game with a zero against was the most pleasing aspect. We have worked repeatedly on our defence recently and that is testament to the hard work of the players. We demonstrated tenacity and edge and I am delighted that we had that much pride in our try line
Next week sees a tough trip to Barnes - where we have to take the momentum of the last fortnight and impose ourselves once more. Whilst we are delighted with Saturday and the result and the manner of the win - it is now about the next job.