12:00PM, Thursday 19 December 2019
Man of the Match, George Blackburn (left)
Windsor RFC moves out of the relegation spots in South West 1 East for the first time this season after Saturday’s 32-5 win away at Old Patesians and, with players now returning from injury, head coach Jack Pattinson is confident they’ll not get dragged back in.
Saturday’s convincing victory – their first away from Home Park this season – saw Windsor rise to 10th in the table ahead of their final game of the year at Oxford Harlequins this weekend.
For coach Pattinson the victory was one to cherish for a squad who’ve been working tirelessly in training to turn their fortunes around.
He said: “It was the most controlled 80 minute performance we’ve had all season. We were really impressive.
“The boys have really bought into the tactical tweaks we’ve made and we’re reaping the rewards. You could tell how much they were up for it because they absolutely owned it on Saturday.
“I didn’t have to say too much because they were ready to go. It was just a couple of tactical pointers I highlighted before the game that we worked on throughout the week, and they just executed it brilliantly.
“They’re really buying into what we’re trying to achieve on and off the pitch. It just manifested in the way they performed on Saturday because they were completely playing for each other and completely bought into the tactical approach we’re going for.”
Pattinson believes his side is now capable of building on the triumph and on Saturday they’ll give a good go at tackling ‘one of the big boys’ of the league in the shape of fourth placed Oxford Harlequins at Home Park.
“I think for us it’s a nothing to lose game,” added Pattinson. “We’ve literally got nothing to lose by just having a go.”
“I think we’re in a really exciting position because we can just go for it and attack from the outset.
“They (Oxford) are trying to get in that top four for a play off position so they might have a little bit more on the line. But for us, it’s just like a free hit. Let’s have a go and see if we can tackle one of the big boys.”
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