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Essex League Division One Shield: Dagenham’s determination delights director of rugby Mark Collins

PUBLISHED: 17:00 07 February 2017

Dagenham's director of rugby Mark Collins (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Dagenham's director of rugby Mark Collins (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Ex-Romford & Gidea Park head coach full of praise for squad after beating Pegasus Palmerians 29-22 last weekend

Mark Collins hailed the determination of his Dagenham team after watching them fight back to beat Pegasus Palmerians in the Essex League Division One Shield last weekend.

The D’s were losing with just over 10 minutes to go before producing some brilliant late drama at Central Park.

Dagenham crossed over twice with both conversions being kicked before another penalty earned them a 29-22 success.

“With 13-and-a-half minutes to go we were in a great position and we shipped an intercepted try,” explained Collins.

“It put them in front and Paul Cook and I turned to each other and both said there is still enough time left.

“The boys played the ball in hand and tackled manfully all day long and the word I would use to describe us was tenacious, they were brilliant.”

D’s director of rugby praised his whole squad and revealed several members of his team were fielded out of position.

But it didn’t stop them sticking to their philosophy and bouncing back after losing 56-12 to Writtle Wanderers on January 28.

Collins added: “One to 18 all played their part and I had to play some people out of position because we had nobody else available.

“It was like the light switch was flicked on, but whether it stays that way is another thing isn’t it?

“We go to Harwich & Dovercourt this weekend and they’re a good side with a couple of big lumps, so we’ll see how we get on.”

The former Romford & Gidea Park head coach is keen to see his young side play to their strengths on Saturday.

A number of times this season they’ve had the fitness and legs on their opponents, but not made it count.

Collins is hoping they can now build on their victory over Pegasus, adding: “The guys really knuckled down on Saturday and our work rate was superb.

“I’m not saying we haven’t always had that this season, but we were really working Pegasus hard.

“And I’ve told the boys you need to do that from the off against a big pack because if you don’t then you won’t tire them out.”

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