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Essex League Division One: Dagenham won’t ditch philosophy insists Mark Collins

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 January 2017

Dagenham's director of rugby Mark Collins (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

Dagenham's director of rugby Mark Collins (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo).

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Director of rugby at Central Park reflects on their style of play after defeat to Kings Cross Steelers

Mark Collins insists Dagenham will not ditch their philosophy despite sitting bottom of the Essex League Division One ahead of Saturday’s match at Millwall.

The D’s travel to their local rivals and the table-toppers with only one win to their name this season and registered back on October 29.

In the early months of the campaign, Dagenham were scoring regularly, but shipping tries, although now they are not going over the try line enough.

Collins said: “We thought we had the measure of Kings Cross Steelers on Saturday, but they are very strong through the middle and they took it to us.

“We were under the pump for the first 20 minutes and some of that was down to our game management and some down to them.

“I’m partly to blame because I want us to play an entertaining game and we tried to pass our way out when really we needed to just clear our lines.”

Dagenham eventually lost the match 17-7, although impressed for long periods of the game at Central Park.

It has been tough for Collins and his squad this season with them currently at the basement on just four points.

The D’s failure to take a squad to Bancroft on December 17 resulted in the hosts being given a home walkover.

Although Dagenham were handed a five-point penalty, a victory last weekend would have kept them above Kings Cross.

It wasn’t to be, however, with the east Londoners scoring at crucial moments and making D’s pay for suffering a red card.

“The conditions were very slippery under foot and our game is backs orientated and we couldn’t get it going,” said Collins.

“Kings Cross scored a try right at the death to make it 17-7 because it was a close game and we were coming away with a losing bonus point.

“It wouldn’t have done much, though, with us now deducted five points for the Bancroft game before Christmas.”

Dagenham can expect an even tougher test on Saturday when they travel to Millwall, but you can bet on Collins’ squad not ditching their philosophy regardless of how the games going.


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