Moreland disappointed Barking could not score a single point in defeat at Chelmsford

PUBLISHED: 11:00 11 December 2018

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

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

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Gale Street club were unable to trouble the scorers for the first time this term on Saturday

Andrew Moreland was disappointed Barking could not trouble the scorers in a 39-0 loss at Chelmsford in London Three Essex on Saturday, but believes it may in part be down to being unable to name a consistent starting XV in recent weeks.

The Gale Street outfit slipped to a second straight loss in the league after going down at home to Braintree the previous weekend.

The defeat at Chelmsford marked the first time this term that Barking had been unable to score a single point in a match.

That is something which director of rugby Moreland acknowledges as upsetting, but feels enforced changes to the starting XV in recent weeks have not helped.

“We have been working hard in training on our attack, but not being able to name a consistent starting XV has made it difficult,” he added.

“In the run-up to Christmas, it can be difficult to name the same XV on a regular basis, but that is something I’m sure all clubs at this level go through and we just have to get on with it.”

Against Chelmsford, Moreland admits he also disappointed to see Barking ship 39 points — the most they have conceded away from home this term.

The director of rugby at Gale Street says that is something that needs work on and also pointed to improving the team’s fitness in the coming weeks.

But Moreland is happy to know what went wrong at Chelmsford and how to fix it, rather than being uncertain about it.

“The good thing is we know it is a simple remedy and that is to improve the players’ own personal fitness,” he added.

“We matched Chelmsford early on and we looked good in the first 15 minutes, but we work on getting ourselves in a position to sustain that for a whole match.

“Our defence has been a bit weaker in recent weeks as well, but against that is something that does not require major surgery.”

Moreland will hope to see improvements from Barking this weekend when they play host to Old Cooperians in the league.

It should be a good clash between two sides who share a host of links.

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