Bulls will learn from opening day defeat says Kerr

Sam Stoop takes on the Witney defence during Banbury Bulls's defeat

Sam Stoop takes on the Witney defence during Banbury Bulls's defeat

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Head coach James Kerr is confident Banbury Bulls can bounce back from their opening day defeat.

Newly-promoted Bulls went down 18-15 at Witney in Saturday’s RFU South West One East derby at Witney. But Kerr says his players will work hard in training this week ahead of next Saturday’s trip to Chippenham.

We know what we need to work on in training this week and we put things right for next weekend

Head coach James Kerr

Kerr said: “It was a tough loss to take but Witney have been a good side in this division for a while.

“Now we know the standard required for this level and we go to Chippenham full of confidence.

“We know what we need to work on in training this week and we will put things right for next weekend.

“We had the lion’s share of possession in the first half but we made some costly errors and Witney were clinical to take advantage in the conditions. We changed things around at halftime and eradicated those errors in the second half.

“We were quicker to the breakdown and with ball in hand. We were held up three times in the closing stages and nearly got the score we needed.”

But Bulls will be without the influential Matt Goode who will be out for two weeks after picking up an arm injury during Saturday’s defeat.