02:00PM, Thursday 09 January 2020
Windsor RFC’s players are using the ITV daytime game show The Chase to motivate them as they look to climb the South West 1 East table in the second half of the table.
The Royals kicked off the new year in the best possible fashion, beating Buckingham 31-22 at Home Park on Saturday to have taken 17 points from the last 20 available.
It’s lifted them from close to the bottom of the table into 10th place, and now they’ve started ‘the chase’ to try and reel in ninth placed Beaconsfield, who they host at Home Park in a couple of weeks time.
“Saturday was our best win of the season, particularly after Christmas when you’re not sure how much cheese and wine the boys have had,” said head coach Jack Pattinson.
“We got off to a slow start but the boys realised they could take the game to them and started to figure it out. They stuck to the tactics and game plan we’d spoken about and turned it around.
“Someone told me after the final whistle we’ve taken 17 points from the last 20, which is three wins and the two losing bonus points we got at Oxford Harlequins. So we’re starting to turn the corner but there are still challenges ahead.”
Pattinson added: “It’s very pleasing. We talk a lot about the TV programme The Chase. Before Christmas we set them a target of getting 15 points from a run of fixtures and the boys got 16 which is great.
"Now we’re talking about The Chase being trying to catch Beaconsfield in ninth. They lost at the weekend so we’re only six points behind them.”
This Saturday they visit third placed Royal Wootton Bassett, who beat Windsor fairly comfortably away from home earlier in the season, despite having a player sent off. So Pattinson knows the side will have their work cut out to get something from the game.
“It will be very tough on Saturday but it would be great to pick up something there,” he added. “I know it sounds cliche but we’ve just got to take it one game at a time. Three of the teams below us also won on Saturday so we can’t get complacent.
"If we can climb the table then brilliant, but we’ve just got to look after ourselves. The top three sides are probably a cut above everyone else so we’ll be hard pressed to get something from Saturday’s game. But we’ll have boys back from injury and hopefully we can lay a glove on them.
"They’re a big, physical side so it’s going to be tough. They actually had a player sent off against us earlier in the season and they still beat us fairly comfortably so we’ll have our work cut out without a doubt.”
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