December 9 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 13, 2013
Barking director of rugby Nick Warren insists his side have a lot to learn about National Three rugby as his side prepare to take on promoted side Bury St Edmunds this weekend at Gale Street.
Warren saw his side pick up two bonus points in a 34-29 loss to Hertford on opening day last week and was disappointed to not come away with more.
But after dropping to National Three, where the touch judges are supplied by the clubs rather than the RFU as they were in National One and Two, Warren believes they need to adapt quickly.
“Having no qualified touch judges is something we have to learn about,” said Warren. “We’ve had them in the past, but the boys have got to get their heads round that.
“They can’t interfere with play and I thought for the first 20 minutes against Hertford there was quite a lot of off-the-ball incidents. Nothing nasty happened, but we’re used to having two qualified touch judges and we have to adjust to the level.”
There were positives for Warren from the defeat against Hertford, but lots to work on in training.
“We’ll be working on the height of our tackling, the line-outs, but a big thing we’ll spend our time on is continuity of play,” he added. “I’ve spoken to the boys and said if we can improve on one or two areas each week I’m pretty confident we’ll be in for a good season.”
Hooker Darren Bowles will be out for six to eight weeks with a broken collarbone picked up in the Hertford loss, while blindside flanker Greg Kearsey also chipped a bone in his elbow to cap a frustrating afternoon.
“It’s disappointing to lose two to injury so soon, but I’m looking at replacements at the moment and hopefully a new hooker will be available for the weekend,” said Warren.
One signing Warren has made is No.8 John Robinson, who joins from Eton Manor and will know Bury well, having played against them in London One North last season.