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Rugby Union: Barking head coach Ollie Smith ‘beyond disappointed’ with loss to Chelmsford

PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 January 2017

Barking head coach Ollie Smith (pic: Paul Page)

Barking head coach Ollie Smith (pic: Paul Page)

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Gale Street club fell further back in battle to survive with defeat to relegation rival

Barking head coach Ollie Smith believes his squad were architects of their own downfall during their 12-5 London One North loss away to relegation rivals Chelmsford.

Having beaten Chelmsford in the reverse fixture in October, the Gale Street club were confident of breaking a 10-game losing streak dating back to that game.

Instead, all they could muster was a Teddy Hepworth try in defeat, and though they did pick up a losing bonus point, it is scant consolation for Smith.

“I’m beyond disappointed with the result on Saturday and I’m actually quite angry,” admitted the former British & Irish Lions tourist.

“The boys knew before the Chelmsford game how important this run of matches is if we want to stay up; you have to beat the teams around you (Barking play Sudbury and Old Priorians next).

“Chelmsford made good decisions at the right time which probably won them the game, but we contributed to that.”

All of Chelmsford’s points in the match came from the tee, with Barking conceding a host of penalties.

And Smith was frustrated by his side’s lack of discipline in the crucial fixture, with the Gale Street club now 12 points adrift of safety.

“We gave away too many penalties in the first half and it was almost verging on stupidity,” added the ex-Leicester Tigers back.

“After the first few, you should start to think you need to be whiter than white to stop allowing the referee to give penalties, and it was something we stressed before the game.

“It’s disappointing and we need to take a long, hard look at ourselves before we play Sudbury on Saturday.”


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