Bringing The Energy
NORTH WALSHAM v CANTERBURY
Last week getting the job done in a tense local derby, played in torrential rain, is something the players and I were proud of. If we have learnt anything from South Africa lifting the world cup after closing out their last three games by a point, the only thing that matters is the score at the final whistle. There are things that we can improve on but we increased our physicality from the loss at Barnes which was a big target for us. We also finished some good tries. We know that we still need to improve our conversion rate in the opponents 22, which will make our attack more ruthless, but the energy that we brought to this area is moving us towards that goal.
Frank Reynolds spoke really well to the team at Thursday’s training session and his focus is getting us to the same emotional level this Saturday, away at North Walsham, as we did against Westcombe Park. This is the responsibility of the whole team and is the only way we will get the performances that we want.
We are saying goodbye again to Billy Young after his brief return following the sad demise of Jersey Reds. Billy is moving down to Cornwall for a new challenge with the Cornish Pirates. It has been great to have him back in the group and we wish him all the very best down in the west country.
The Pilgrims march on and made it seven from seven with a convincing win against Dover. After losing this fixture both home and away last season it was another great result as this group continues to get better week on week. The strength of the whole 1st XV and Pilgrims squad continues to push us forward as players move between both teams driving the environment. The Pilgrims travel to Charlton Park this week as they to continue to stake their claim for the top spot in the league.
Matt Corker, Head Coach