Rugby Union: Director of rugby Andrew Moreland says Barking are set on ending winless run at home to Deal in London Two South East

PUBLISHED: 14:00 26 January 2018

A Barking player takes the ball into contact earlier in the season (pic: Tim Edwards)

A Barking player takes the ball into contact earlier in the season (pic: Tim Edwards)


Gale Street club want to end wait for first win this season on Saturday

Barking director of rugby Andrew Moreland says his team are determined to end their wait for a success this season when they entertain Deal on Saturday.

The Gale Street club are currently winless this term in London Two South East, but hope to end that barren run this weekend.

With no match last weekend, Barking have had two weeks to prepare for the Deal clash and Moreland says that has made the players more focussed on victory.

“I had a few text messages from players early in the week saying how pumped they are for the game, which is a good sign,” he said.

“It’s a good mentality to have and if players feel that way so early before a game, it makes it more possible to win.”

If Barking are to triumph this weekend, they will have to trouble the scorers — something they have not managed in their two games so far in 2018.

Moreland, though, knows it is about gradual improvements for the Gale Street club as they look to get a first win of the season on board.

“It’s about little steps for us. We’re targeting our home games as ones we can get a win in and we’re looking to make Gale Street a fortress again,” he added.

Barking can take hope from Deal’s poor away record, with the visitors yet to triumph on the road this term.

And Moreland is more than aware of the Kent club’s historical struggles on the road, adding that is something the Gale Street side are looking to take advantage of.

“I played Deal a lot when I was younger and they’ve always been a team who don’t travel well,” he said.

“Their support is quite partisan at their ground, so our squad is looking to use what happened in the game at their place earlier this season as motivation this weekend.”

With a two-week lead up to the game, Barking will have been able to get some of the members of their squad back to full fitness.

And that is something Moreland knows will aid his side in their quest to earn a first victory of the season this weekend.”

“We have a good squad available so we’re hoping we should have a good selection headache come Saturday,” he said.

“The boys who have stuck around this season deserve a win and I’d be made up for them if we can get that this weekend.”


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