December 12 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 6, 2013
Barking director of rugby Nick Warren is hoping all of his side’s hard pre-season work will be rewarded with a good start to their National Three London & SE match against Hertford on Saturday.
The Gale Street side go into their league opener on the back of a confidence-boosting 12-7 win over Blackheath in their final friendly fixture last Friday.
But Warren insists there will be no over-confidence going into the competitive action.
“It’s nice to be talking about a win for a change, we’ve not done that much over the last two years,” said Warren, whose side were relegated after recording only one league win in 28 matches last season.
“The performance is the most important thing though and we should have been 20 points clear in the second half.
“It’s a huge confidence booster to everyone against a strong Blackheath side who had a number of first team players on show. I told the players to enjoy the win over the weekend, but we will start the week with some intense training to make sure their feet are firmly on the ground.
“The players are buying into the mentality that we need, but from Friday’s performance there is still a lot to work on.”
Josh Cook and Elliot Brown were Barking’s try scorers in the win over Blackheath, while Craig Ratford added a conversion.
But Ratford will not be skippering the team like last season, with Andy Mead taking over.
Warren added: “I felt Craig needed to concentrate on his rugby, but Andy is an experienced lad and he has all the capabilities to do well in the role.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s meeting with Hertford, Warren is wary of the threat they will pose under the leadership of former Harlequins and Neath centre James Storey, who was appointed their director of rugby over the summer.
He said: “I know James very well and we’ll be coming up against a tough side. They have recruited well while most of their squad from last year has stayed.
“They are a very solid outfit and one we will have to respect. But I believe if we play to our strengths then we can come through with the win.”