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Rugby Union: Barking head coach Ollie Smith admits it was always going to be tough against ‘good’ Chingford

PUBLISHED: 17:09 07 March 2017 | UPDATED: 17:09 07 March 2017

Barking head coach Ollie Smith (pic: Paul Page)

Barking head coach Ollie Smith (pic: Paul Page)

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Gale Street club suffered 15th straight loss in the league

Barking head coach Ollie Smith says his players must show him why they deserve to be a part of his plans next season after an 88-0 loss at Chingford in London One North.

The Gale Street club fell to their 15th straight loss at the weekend, which saw them remain bottom of the standings.

Smith admits he knew it was always going to be tough against a side pushing for promotion, but the Barking head coach says his players still have to use those games to show why they should remain with the club.

“Chingford are a good team and we wanted to show improvements from the game against Tring, we should still be thinking about the performance,” he said.

“Credit to those who played, but it was always going to be tough with two of our best players unavailable.

“It’s obvious we need to build for next season, but I want the boys to show me they are good enough to be part of those plans.”

The defeat to Chingford was the second match in succession where Barking failed to trouble the scorers after a 126-0 loss away to Tring last time out.

Smith, however, is not overly disappointed with his side’s recent scoring failings, noting they came against two of the division’s better outfits.

“It would have been good to get some points on the board, but the reality is that we got none because we were not good enough,” he said.

“We’re working hard to right the wrongs, but sometimes you are going to get beaten convincingly while you are doing that.

“We have to be realistic and admit we’ve not been consistently good enough to compete with those sides.”


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