Essex League Division One B: Double reason for Mark Collins to celebrate after super Saturday with Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 17:00 26 September 2017

Dagenham players enjoy a break at half time of their match with Bancroft (pic: Graham Hodges).

Dagenham players enjoy a break at half time of their match with Bancroft (pic: Graham Hodges).


The D’s opened their account for the new campaign with an emphatic victory over struggling Pegasus Palmerians

Mark Collins had a lot of reasons to celebrate on Saturday after watching Dagenham get off the mark in the Essex League Division One B.

The D’s handed out a thrashing to Pegasus Palmerians at Central Park and finished with a 76-12 success.

If that wasn’t good enough, the Dagenham director of rugby was able to celebrate a new addition to the Collins family on the morning of the game.

He said: “I could have no complaints about Saturday. The lads were brilliant and worked really hard.

“We prepared for their big pack and had a game plan for when we were on the ball and then we were out of possession and it paid off.

“As I always say, the boys have another year of experience under their belts and it makes a difference.

“We have taken a few thumpings during that time, but it was our turn to hand it out on Saturday and we enjoyed it.

“Even then, we were respectful because we have been in that position in the past and it was just a day where it all clicked for us.

“And on top of that I had another grandson in the morning! Mother and baby are doing okay, so it is happy days.”

Dagenham, despite starting the new campaign with two defeats, had provided their director of rugby with plenty to be position about.

Collins saw a big improvement from his squad on the opening day where they lost 28-15 at home to Old Brentwoods.

The former Romford & Gidea Park head coach then felt his team should have claimed more from their 24-12 reverse at Bancroft.

Nevertheless, they produced the goods on Saturday and did so despite being without a number of key players.

“We had five changes to the pack because of injuries and unavailability, but people came in and did well,” said Collins.

“I had a couple of old stalwarts in there and the backs functioned brilliantly, so it was a great day.

“The only trouble now is we have problems ahead of Saturday at Ilford Wanderers because a lot of our backs are away.

“Unfortunately that is just the way it is for us and I’m looking for rugby players, not people that play rugby, but we did well against Pegasus and long may it continue.”

D’s opening success of the campaign has moved them off the bottom and up to sixth in the table.

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