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Pattinson sets Christmas challenge for improving Windsor RFC

Windsor RFC head coach Jack Pattinson has challenged his players to earn six points from their final two matches before Christmas to maintain the momentum they’ve built up over the last few weeks.

At the weekend they proved too strong for Wimborne, blowing their visitors away with an impressive first half display en route to a 31-17 victory at Home Park.

The Royals haven’t been out of the bottom three in South West 1 East all season but a couple of home wins in the past few weeks have seen them rise to 12th in the table, and Pattinson is confident they can continue that upward trajectory in the coming weeks and months.

“Yeah, it was a good performance and we’re starting to get a bit of momentum now,” said Pattinson.

“Things went in our favour in the first 45 minutes and if you were watching you’d  have thought we were a top six team to be honest. We blew them away in the first half.”

It sets the side up for another intriguing clash at Old Patesians tomorrow (Sat), another of the teams in and around them at the bottom of the table. “A few weeks ago we challenged the boys to get 15 points from their last five games before Christmas,” added the head coach.

“And we need six more from our last two games to do that. Bearing in mind we have tough games against Old Centralians and Oxford Harlequins in that run as well.

“Hopefully we can get a good result against Old Pats on Saturday and we can take some positives and more momentum into the game against Harlequins, who have been doing really well. “I don’t know too much about Old Pats personally but they’re a big club and it’s an important game for them as well. We’ve got to make sure we match them from the off.

“Trying to get our first win of the season away from home is now the challenge. It’s an important game, an exciting game and one which could be season defining.”

There’s a short break for Christmas following the Harlequins game at Home Park on December 21 before the Royals kick off the new year at home to Buckingham on January 4.

By then Pattinson should have an almost full squad to select from which bodes well for the second half of the campaign.

“We’ve just got to control what we can,” said Pattinson. “I know it’s old fashioned but we’ll take it one game at a time and I’m sure we’ll get there.

“The side has been full of confidence of late and the players now know that they have to play well or they won’t find themselves in the 1sts next week.

“Players are coming back from injury and we’re starting to get competition for places. The captain is out until the new year and our open side flanker will miss the next two weeks but in general things are going in a good way. We’re about four or five players short now, but with players stepping up from the 2nds we’ve got good competition.

“We haven’t been out of the bottom three all season and the plan is to get out of the bottom three first and then start climbing the table as quickly as we can.”

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