Rugby Union: Barking director of rugby Andrew Moreland wants to make squad mentally tougher

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 January 2018

A Barking player goes on a run earlier in the season (pic: Tim Edwards)

A Barking player goes on a run earlier in the season (pic: Tim Edwards)


Gale Street club beaten 88-0 at Heathfield in London Two South East on Saturday

Director of rugby Andrew Moreland says he will work on making Barking mentally tougher after their 88-0 defeat at Heathfield in London Two South East.

The Gale Street club slipped to another defeat in the league, this one coming on their trip to Kent last weekend.

Despite the final score, Moreland says Barking started well, but admits heads dropped once the first try was conceded — something he is keen to work on.

“The result looks worse than it was. We started well again and didn’t concede in the opening 20 minutes,” said the director of rugby.

“We need to work on our fitness. There seems to be some fatigue, particularly a mental one, when we concede.”

With a shortage of players at the weekend, Moreland was forced into playing for Barking against Heathfield.

The director of rugby says playing makes it tougher to spot the areas where work is needed, but added he is working to rectify that issue as soon as possible.

“Playing makes it tougher to spot where the problems are, but we’re working hard to get new front row players in so I can take a step back from being on the pitch,” he added.

Barking take a break this weekend, with no competitive match scheduled until they host Deal on January 27.

And though there is still more than a week until that clash, it seems like Moreland and Barking are already fired up for it.

“The players had a bad experience in their first game against Deal with coaches being late and the like,” he said.

“They felt it was a winnable game, so we’re looking for a big display against them next weekend.

“It’s a good chance to give those who have stuck with us something as a reward for their support.”

• May & Baker suffered the tightest of defeats in their clash at Essex 1B leaders Kings Cross Steelers.

Bakers went down 11-10 in a close fought match in their first game back in 2018.

Next up for Bakers is a friendly at home to Braintree Development this weekend.

Divisional rivals Dagenham, meanwhile, were beaten 39-7 on their trip to Old Brentwoods.

Dagenham are scheduled to host Stanford-le-Hope in the Essex Presidents’ Shield on Saturday.

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