Strong first-half pleases Connors, but Manor seek improvement
PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 October 2018
The New Zealander reflected on last weekend’s 31-12 victory over newly promoted Sudbury
Eton Manor head coach Jamie Connors was happy to see his team put Sudbury to the sword straight from the off during Saturday’s London One North clash at home.
After a slow start in the win away to Diss the weekend before, the New Wilderness side had no such problems this time around.
Michael Byrne, Elliott Brown, Cameron Dutch and Nick Horton crossed over in the first half with Dutch kicking three conversions.
It gave Manor a 26-0 lead at half time and was the perfect platform for them to go on and seal a 31-12 success.
Connors said: “We certainly wanted to get out of the traps quickly against a decent Sudbury team and we probably put on our best 40 minutes of the season. We come out well and started really strong.”
While Manor were happy with the first half, the coaches at the club were less pleased with the second period.
Brown grabbed his second try early after the restart, but he was then sin-binned and so was Rhys Davis-Horne.
The ill-discipline allowed Sudbury to score twice in the second half and it meant there were areas of improvement for Manor to look into going forward.
“We got the five points, but we wanted to try and push on and make a statement,” Connors revealed.
“In contrast, while we were great in the first half, we probably weren’t quite at our best in the second.
“We made a few mistakes and I think we were just happy to take the win and took our foot off the gas a little bit. It is fair to say we have not put an 80-minute performance together yet.”
The challenge for Manor this month will be to produce the goods for a whole match, but nevertheless, this has been a terrific start.
After five games they sit third in the table and are one of only three clubs yet to suffer a defeat this season.
Next up for the New Wilderness outfit is an away clash at Ruislip, who are winless to date and 12th in the standings.
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