Kerr targets run of winnable games

Matt Goode tries to break through at Old Patesians for Banbury Bulls. Photo: Simon Grieve
Matt Goode tries to break through at Old Patesians for Banbury Bulls. Photo: Simon Grieve
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Head coach James Kerr knows his Banbury Bulls side need to rediscover their winning habit when they entertain Oxford Harlequins in Saturday’s derby.

Bulls go into Saturday’s game on the back of three straight South West One defeats. But all three of those defeats have come against teams above Bulls in the table.

Now we have a run of three games which we care capable of getting results from

Head coach James Kerr

Bulls weren’t fancied to get anything at Newbury Blues or leaders Old Patesians last weekend. But sandwiched in between those two defeats was a home loss against Old Centralians, a game Bulls could have won had they not been punished for costly errors.

Harlequins are second from bottom so Kerr will be looking for a victory to stop the rot and make sure his side does not get dragged back down the table.

Bulls had a couple of mini-losing runs earlier in the campaign when they were coming to terms with a step-up in level before putting together a seven-match unbeaten run, which included six wins, leading up to the mid-season break.

Kerr said: “Old Patesians were playing National League rugby last season but we showed in parts of the game that we can match these top sides. They had very good players but we had the edge in the scrums and we need to take the positives from the game.

“We knew it was going to be a tough place to go and we also knew that the first three games of 2017 were going to be difficult. Now we have a run of three games which we care capable of getting results from.

“We should not have lost at Harlequins but we did through a bizarre late try. As with all our earlier defeats, we know what we have to do to put things right on Saturday.

Full-back Joe Mills could return if he recovers from an ankle injury while Mikey Fox is also set to be included following a spell on the sidelines with a head injury and second row Ed Harden is back.