01:00PM, Thursday 17 October 2019
Having a variety of attacking options has been the game plan for Maidenhead RFC in recent matches, and head coach David Mobbs-Smith is keen to keep the Newbury Blues guessing when the sides meet at Braywick Park on Saturday.
Maids have had the benefit of an extra week’s rest and preparation time for this game, a luxury that hasn’t been afforded to their visitors, who lost 28-16 at home to Launceston.
The Blues have been struggling toward the bottom of the South West Premier Division, but Mobbs-Smith believes the Blues’ recent form isn’t a fair reflection of their ability.
That said, he’s confident of his side’s chances having had two weeks to regroup and refocus following their 43-42 win at Launceston two weeks ago.
“We were also able to get two weeks of solid training in so we will be well prepared for the match,” he said.
“It should be a fairly interesting game because they’re [Newbury] playing a lot better than their league position and results [suggest]. It will probably be quite a tough match.
“What I like at the moment is that we’re able to score in a variety of ways so we will be hoping to replicate that when we’re attacking Newbury.”
Maidenhead have been involved in some high scoring thrillers so far this season – and edged the last of them 43-42 at Launceston. But Mobbs-Smith expects to see an improved defensive display against Newbury and hopes it won’t impede their offensive play.
“Launceston are somewhat a very attacking team and that’s why the match we played with them was so high scoring,” he said.
“We’d like to maintain our part of the high scoring and just reduce the opponents’.
“It’s the brand of attacking rugby we’re trying to play.
“We’re going to see this weekend if we can shut the door on them [Newbury] while maintaining our own ambitions.”
Going into this weekend’s fixtures, Maids sit fourth in the table, five points behind leaders Barnstaple.
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