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Barking must use break to work hard before final flurry

PUBLISHED: 09:00 26 February 2016

Barking players celebrate their latest win over Luton (pic: Barking RFC)

Barking players celebrate their latest win over Luton (pic: Barking RFC)

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Backs coach Lloyd knows tough run-in lies ahead once team return

Backs coach Ben Lloyd says the Barking squad will use their upcoming break to set them up well for their season run-in in London One North.

The Gale Street club can put their feet up this weekend with the league taking another break for the Six Nations.

And they will likely be bouyed by their success against Luton on Saturday, which was their second straight triumph in the competition.

Barking put further distance between themselves and the drop zone with the 21-16 victory, but were unable to gain a bonus point.

Coupled with a win at Chingford the previous weekend, Barking now sit four points clear of the relegation zone.

And while the gap in games may check their momentum, Lloyd believes it gives Barking a chance to get things right ahead of their final six games of the campaign.

“Since Christmas, the focus in training has been on making sure that we are the best that we can be,” said Lloyd.

“We know that we’ve done that a few times this season and when we have, we’ve shown that we can be a match for anybody.

“It’s about getting the simple things done right and done well. We’ll continue to work hard in training and give it our all.”

Lloyd also revealed that the team will use the break as a way of resting a few sore bodies ahead of their return to action at Thurrock on March 5.

With pitches across the division bogged down by the wet weather, matches have started to become a war of attrition with teams forced to keep the ball close rather than spread it wide.

And fly-half Lloyd says those conditions have led to Barking picking up more injuries than they would have liked at this stage.

“The last couple of weeks have been quite physical for us because of the weather which has seen a lot of work in the close,” he added.

“We have a few battered and bruised bodies at the minute that are probably in need of some rest and recovery.

“Again, like with the Christmas break, it’s nice for the boys to have a week off from rugby and they can go again when they return.”

Having beaten Chingford earlier this month, it was important that Barking were able to pick up another success as they travelled to bottom club Luton.

And while it was not the most memorable of games, Barking were able to come out on top and register back-to-back wins for the third time this season.

The Gale Street side were also able to move four points clear of the bottom three, with Chelmsford dropping back.

Lloyd is thrilled that the outlook now looks much more positive than it did for Barking a few weeks ago, but says the work is far from over as they look to retain their place in the division.

“We ground out the result so that is a definite positive we can take. In previous games, we may not have done that,” he added.

“It’s a good result too as it means we can start to look up the table a bit more rather than over our shoulders like we have been.

“We still need a few more wins so we can keep moving up. We’ll keep taking every game as it comes, week by week.”


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