Call for Ipswich to keep it going

RUGBY UNION: Maintain the standards of last week and continue to play with discipline is the coaching advice to Ipswich who travel to Woodford tomorrow.


MAINTAIN the standards of last week and continue to play with discipline is the coaching advice to Ipswich who travel to Woodford tomorrow.

After their best playing performance of the season at home to Old Albanians last Saturday, Direct Motorline sponsored Ipswich tackle another side in the top three of the London League Division Two North.

Like Old Albanians, Woodford have suffered only one league upset, which came last Saturday when they were beaten by Letchworth.

Ipswich came within seconds of causing a huge upset last Saturday.

They were leading by one point, but Old Albanians scored a penalty with the last kick of the game to edge to a narrow two point victory, 22-20.

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"We so very nearly came away with a fantastic win and the lesson now is to carry on at Woodford where we left off against Old Albanians," commented Mike Hancock, Ipswich's director of rugby.

"The players know now they have no-one to fear in this league."

Last season Ipswich conceded early points against Woodford and were 15-0 down within the

opening ten minutes.

"We have to be on our guard once again and not give away silly penalties.

"There was a big improvement in discipline last Saturday, and in our tackling, both of which have to be maintained.

"Woodford have a very good kicker and we will be punished if we concede penalties.

"The important thing is for us to impose our game on Woodford right from the kick off, and not let the opposition dictate to us in the opening stages.

"The coaching staff believe the players are capable of winning. Their performance against Old Albanians indicated they have the ability and now they must believe in themselves."

With more players joining the club and others returning from injury, competition for places is intensifying.

Midweek training is now well attended and with full on contact there is a more combative feel to proceedings.

Tomorrow Bryn Kerr returns after injury and lines up in the centre alongside Simon Hughes.

Jez Brotherton, who had a good game last Saturday, is unfortunate to drop down to the bench.

Hooker Danny Reeve suffered a broken nose soon after taking the field against Old Albanians and will be out for at least a week. Matt Holland plays in his place.

Michael Bolton, who impressed as replacement last Saturday, makes his first start of the season at flank forward.

Ipswich thirds are at home to West Mersea tomorrow and Ipswich Ladies entertain Teddington on Sunday at Humber Doucy Lane, kick off 2.30pm.

Ipswich: Garbutt, Holland, Clarke, Price, Shurety, Eley, Primmer, Bolton, Hall, Coker, Novosad, B Kerr, Hughes, Keeling, Harding. Replacements: Brotherton, Skipper, AN Other.

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