Moreland backs Barking to halt Epping's perfect start

PUBLISHED: 10:00 27 September 2018

Andrew Moreland, director of rugby at Barking (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Andrew Moreland, director of rugby at Barking (pic George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

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Gale Street club lost 29-12 at home to East London last weekend

Andrew Moreland believes Barking can get the better of early London Three Essex leaders Epping Upper Clapton on Saturday – as long as they play to their strengths.

The Gale Street club head for Epping off the back of a 29-12 defeat at home to East London last weekend.

Epping, meanwhile, have taken maximum points in every league game they have played so far.

Director of rugby Moreland, though, believes Barking can be the first team to stop Epping this term, but feels clubs are raising their game when they face the Gale Street outfit.

“We’re slowly realising that all teams want to get the win over Barking because of the history we have,” he said.

“We just know we have to be up for the game more than the opposition. If we play to our strengths, I’m confident the results will come.”

Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Epping, Barking coach Craig Ratford took to social media site Twitter to voice his dismay atdiscovering as many as five teams could be relegated from London Three Essex this term.

Moreland shared Ratford’s shock at the high number of teams that could go down from the 12-strong division, but hopes the Gale Street outfit use it as motivation to improve their results.

“It gives an added incentive to getting on a good run of form and trying to finish as high up the table as possible,” he added.

“It shows you can’t afford to sit back this season and stabilise, and that you have to push on instead.”

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