Leaders will pose tough test for Bulls

Ed Phillips gets the ball away for Banbury Bulls against Grove at Bodicote Park

Ed Phillips gets the ball away for Banbury Bulls against Grove at Bodicote Park

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Head coach James Kerr will be looking for his Banbury Bulls side to give a good a good account of themselves at South West One East leaders Maidenhead.

Bulls go there on the back of a narrow defeat against Grove at Bodicote Park and will fancy their chances. If they play to their potential they will have every chance of coming away with the points.

We came off the pitch feeling it was a game we should have won

Head coach James Kerr

Bulls do not look out of place at the higher level and Kerr believes it has been within his side’s capabilities to have won all three games. But they must play smarter rugby and impose themselves on the opposition more, both with and without the ball, to see out the games at this level.

Bulls have been guilty of letting opposition sides play the rugby they want to so far and their inability to impose themselves in defence will need addressing if they are to take advantage of the good rugby they produce. That was evident against Grove on Saturday, in particular with a lack of line speed.

Kerr said: “The players have to understand that they need to perform for 80 minutes at this level. We have to keep our concentration for longer periods and not lose our direction in games.

“We need to eradicate the periods in games when we go into our shells. The players believe they can win these games but we have to do better off the ball.

“Against Chippenham and again on Saturday against Grove we gave the opposition too much ball and teams punish you at this level.

“We came off the pitch feeling it was a game we should have won and it was ours to lose. We had opportunities in the closing stages to clinch the victory but we didn’t take them.

“We’ve got the individual talent to score tries and in the two games we’ve lost we’ve been within one score of winning them.”

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